Lieutenant General Ben Hodges, a former commanding general of the United States Army Europe, has tweeted that what is happening in Ukraine now ‘is a continuation of what started in Georgia in 2008’.
Hodges has responded to Luke Coffey, the Director of the Allison Center for Foreign Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation, who has expressed his concern that the US and Russian presidents - Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin - have not mentioned Georgia at the press conferences following their meeting in Geneva, Switzerland yesterday.
Russia stops only when they are stopped. What's happening in Ukraine now is a continuation of what started in Georgia in 2008. President Biden said he'd know in 3-6 months what sort of dialog he'd have with President Putin. He's on the clock... https://t.co/Aaxx2DMO50— Ben Hodges (@general_ben) June 17, 2021
Calling on Georgia’s friends in the West 'to work harder at getting Russia’s occupation of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali back onto the international agenda', Luke Coffey underscored that 20% of Georgia is occupied.
Almost unbelievable that Georgia was not mentioned once in either the Putin or Biden press conferences", has tweeted.
Former US Ambassador to Russia in 2012-2014, Michael McFaul shares the same concern:
This is what happens when we in the West forget about the past and just focus on the future. In the last Biden-Putin mtg 10 years ago, Georgia was the major topic. Now, no one is discussing occupation. Worry about a similar fate for Crimea. #NeverForget . https://t.co/oVAl4SfET0— Michael McFaul (@McFaul) June 16, 2021
During his press conference following the meeting with his Russian counterpart, the US President Joe Biden said he had 'communicated the United States’ unwavering commitment to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine'.
However, he did not mention Georgia and its Russian-occupied regions of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali (South Ossetia) in his press remarks.