Politicians from the European Union have responded to the tense situation that arose yesterday in the village of Chorchana, near the Russia-occupied region of Tskhinvali, Georgia.
Member of the European Parliament and Polish politician Anna Fotyga said in her Twitter post yesterday that the threat of provocation and escalation is observed as Russian occupation and Ossetian forces have concentrated along the occupation line.
Koncentracja rosyjskich wojsk okupacyjnych i osetyjskiej milicji w pobliżu gruzińskiej wioski #Chorchana to groźba prowokacji i dalszej eskalacji. Konieczna jest stanowcza reakcja międzynar. instytucji. Stąd moja poprawka do budżet UE2020 zwiększająca środki EUMM Georgia. pic.twitter.com/WBR6QyRCBK— Anna Fotyga - Biuro Poselskie (@AnnaFotyga_PE) August 30, 2019
She also stated that the 2020 budget of the EU Monitoring mission to Georgia should be increased.
EU Ambassador to Georgia Carl Hartzell posted on Twitter yesterday that the ‘confrontational language’ used during the 95th IPRM meeting is unacceptable.
Situation around Chorchana, incl. close proximity of armed actors on both sides of the ABL and confrontational language used in today’s IPRM, is unacceptable. We expect all sides to show maximum restraint and use their influence to ensure situation doesn’t escalate.— Carl Hartzell (@CarlHartzellEU) August 29, 2019
The Ossetian and Russian sides cancelled yesterday’s talks (the 95th session of Incidents Prevention and Response Mechanism (IPRM) with the Georgian side in Russia-occupied Ergneti village as they left the session in protest.
The Ossetian side demanded the Georgian side to dismantle a police checkpoint that is located on Georgia-controlled area by 06:00 AM, August 30.
The Georgian side stated the Georgian police checkpoint will not be dismantled as it is located in Georgia-controlled area.
The situation remains stable along the occupation since the term of the Ossetia’s ultimatum expired.
The Georgian and Ossetian sides are currently holding a meeting.