Georgia has a 5,000-year history of existence and no-one can rewrite it, Archil Talakvadze, the Vice Speaker of the Georgian Parliament, said on Tuesday in response to a now-deleted post published on a social media channel of Russia’s former President Dmitry Medvedev.
Talakvadze made the comment in reaction to the post that said Georgia had been created within the Russian Empire and could be “united” as part of Russia alongside its Russian-occupied regions of Tskhinvali (South Ossetia) and Abkhazia.
Talakvadze said the mentioned statement “once again” confirmed that Georgia has to “cross a difficult bridge” in time of “specific threats and challenges”, amid Russia's ongoing occupation of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali regions and its invasion of Ukraine.
Talakvadze noted the Georgian Government's “number one task” had been to continue “fighting peacefully”, in compliance with the international principles, to restore the country's territorial integrity and to protect long-term security.
The post on Medvedev's page conveyed Russia's imperialist views and said that after the return of Ukraine’s capital Kiev, Russia would restore its borders, for which “blood had been spilled for years”. It was also noted that Georgia had not existed as a country, and had only consisted of five sovereign political units before it became part of the Russian Empire in 1801.
The post was later deleted, after which Medvedev's assistant Oleg Osipov said that former President's page in the Russian social media, VKontakte, was hacked.