US Ambassador to OSCE: ‘There is no territory of South Ossetia. It is an occupied part of Georgia’

Russia has been particularly active in its 'borderisation' activities during the coronavirus pandemic, placing barbed-wire fences, illegal barriers and so-called anti-fire ploughs at Georgia's Russian-occupied regions. Photo: Nino Alavidze/, 28 May 2020 - 22:31, Tbilisi,Georgia

United States Ambassador to the OSCE James Gilmore said in his address to the OSCE Permanent Council earlier today that ‘there is no territory of South Ossetia’ as many refer to Georgia’s Russian-occupied Tskhinvali region. 

It is an occupied part of Georgia. That territory is Georgia’s territory… There is no border with South Ossetia. This is all Georgian territory”, he said in Vienna.

In his address, the US Ambassador also said that the United States is ‘deeply troubled’ by reports that Russia-backed entities are continuing the intensive process ‘borderisation’ in 12 villages along the occupation lines of the Georgian regions of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali.