Georgian FM addresses PACE as CoE chair: international pressure on Russia must continue

Georgian Foreign Minister David Zalkaliani addressed PACE and answered the questions of MEPs late yesterday. Photo: Foreign Ministry press office., 28 Jan 2020 - 11:01, Tbilisi,Georgia

Georgian Foreign Minister David Zalkaliani has delivered his first speech at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) as the head of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe (CoE), stating that consolidated, international pressure against Russian illegal activities in Georgia and other countries must continue.

Situation in the Russian-occupied Georgian regions of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali has become worse. Actual annexation and the occupation of Georgian territories by Russia continues,” Zalkaliani said late yesterday. 

Zalkaliani stated that “strengthening international pressure on the country which carries out the effective control of Georgian regions, which is Russia, is essential.”  

We must not turn a blind eye to the illegal activities of Russia as it will further encourage occupation and illegality by the country,” Zalkaliani said.

Zalkaliani mentioned the release of Georgian doctor Vazha Gaprindashvili from Tskhinvali prison, stating that the release of the doctor from illegal detention was made possible with the support of the international community.

Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili will address PACE later today.