De facto Tskhinvali accuses EUMM monitors of ‘illegally crossing the border,’ staging provocations

De facto Tskhinvali government has accused the EUMM monitors of staging provocations.Photo: EUMM press office., 25 Oct 2019 - 11:18, Tbilisi,Georgia

De facto authorities of Georgia’s Russian-controlled Tskhinvali region say that the European Union Monitoring Mission (EUMM) monitors were held yesterday as they “illegally crossed the border in the village of Tsnelisi (Kareli Municipality, under the Russian control),” adding that the action by the EUMM was “provocative.”

The statement made by the de facto government official Igor Kochiev for REC news agency contradicts the account of the EUMM which says that their monitors were “briefly held on October 24 on the Tbilisi-administered territory [at the village of Chorchana, Khashuri municipality].”  

The EUMM mission head to Georgia Erik Hoeg tweeted: