US calls on Russia 'to prevent further escalation' along Georgian occupation line

  • The US Department of State Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus released a statement on her official Twitter account today. Photo: Nino Alavidze/Agenda.ge

Agenda.ge, 30 Aug 2019 - 20:29, Tbilisi,Georgia

The United States is “monitoring reports of military buildup near the administrative boundary line (ABL) of the Russian-occupied Georgian region of South Ossetia”.

The US Department of State Spokesperson Morgan Ortagus released a statement on her official Twitter account today.

We call on all sides to avoid escalation and work through the European Monitoring mission hotline and the Geneva International Discussion Co-Chairs to resolve the situtaion”, Ortagus stated.

Further, we call on the Russian Federation to utilize all available channels to prevent further escalation of the situation along the ABL”, she added.

The situation remained tense near the occupation line with Tskhinvali yesterday as de facto South Ossetian officials called on Georgia to dismantle the police checkpoint by 6 am of August 30 in the village of Chorchana, close to occupied village of Tsnelisi. 

However, the members of the Georgian government, de facto officials from Tskhinvali region as well as representatives of Russian occupation forces met at noon today in Tsnelisi to discuss the issue. 

Although Georgian officials unanimously said the police checkpoint will not be dismantled, de facto president of occupied Tskhinvali Anatoly Bibilov stated that this demand remains unchanged and negotiations will continue.

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