Georgian FM condemns Russian Duma’s appeal to Putin to recognise independence of Ukrainian occupied territories

“We always stand by you [Ukraine] because we know the value of freedom and the struggle for it. Therefore, I believe that this should be a day of unity for both Ukraine and the whole progressive society,” Zalkaliani said. Photo: Georgian foreign ministry., 16 Feb 2022 - 15:23, Tbilisi,Georgia

Georgian foreign minister David Zalkaliani has condemned the Russian State Duma’s appeal to the country’s President Vladimir Putin yesterday to recognise the independence of Ukraine's Donetsk and Luhansk regions, saying the move would “further aggravate the already difficult situation and jeopardise international agreements.”

Delivering his speech at an event marking the Day of Unity of Ukraine at the country’s embassy in Tbilisi, Zalkaliani emphasised the ongoing practice of the Russian Federation in neglecting fundamental principles of international law, pointing out Georgia had experienced Russian aggression back in 2008 “which was followed by the occupation and recognition of a large part of Georgian territory by Russia.”