US ambassador on Russia's offer to restore ties with Georgia: Russia must withdraw forces first

US Ambassador Kelly Degnan notes that it is not the first time Russia has offered to restore relations with Georgia. Photo: EUMM press office., 06 Aug 2021 - 18:15, Tbilisi,Georgia

US Ambassador to Georgia Kelly Degnan has stated that Russia must first withdraw its forces from Georgian territory if it wants to restore relations with Georgia. 

Ambassador Degnan said that it is not the first time Georgians have heard this kind of message from Russia before.

…[withdrawing] from Georgian territory … would be a real sign that Russia is serious and not just putting out more disinformation. It is very important for Georgians to see Russia withdraw from the occupied territories, reverse its recognition of Tskhinvali and Abkhazia, and immediately open up access to humanitarian corridors,” Ambassador Degnan said earlier today, during the closing ceremony of the Agile Spirit exercise.