Georgian top officials have stated that the country’s victory in the August 2008 war case against Russia in the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) is ‘historic and an enormous victory for the country.’
Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Gakharia has stated that the ‘victory was inevitable’ and that it belongs to every Georgian.
Today is one of the most important days in the recent history of ????????. The 12-year long dispute against the Russian Federation over the August 2008 war ended w/ ???????? winning the case at the #ECtHR. This victory was inevitable & belongs to each & every Georgian.— Giorgi Gakharia (@GakhariaGiorgi) January 21, 2021
Georgian President Salome Zurabiashvili said that the ECHR’s verdict found Georgia innocent and the victim in the war.
It is the biggest achievement for our country, for our people, for history and future,” Zurabishvili said.
Georgian Foreign Minister David Zalkaliani has stated that the verdict ‘is the first legal document of Georgia which legally opposes any attempts to recognize Georgia’s Russian-occupied regions as independent states.’
Extremely proud for #Georgia's???????? international legal victory: in inter-State case on 2008 #RusGeoConflict, #StrasbourgCourt proved responsibility of #Russia, being in effective control, for all violations of human rights in #Aug2008War &period of further #occupation.@ECHR_CEDH— David Zalkaliani (@DZalkaliani) January 21, 2021
This is a legal document which will allow Georgia to significantly strengthen its legal and political positions on its way to reintegrate its territories peacefully,” Zalkaliani said.
ECHR released its judgement earlier today which says that Russia violated several articles of the European Convention of Human rights during the conflict and carried out ethnic cleansing of Georgians.