Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili has reaffirmed his support for the Ukrainian people and called for a diplomatic solution of the conflict, following Russia's recognition of the independence of Ukraine's Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
The Georgian PM highlighted the role of diplomacy and negotiations in conflict resolution, saying "Georgians know the price of war very well" in reference to the 2008 conflict between Russia and Georgia.
I would like to once again declare our support for our fellow nation and express solidarity with Ukraine. Obviously, what had happened is absolutely unacceptable.
Russia's recognition of the Ukrainian territories as independent states is absolutely unacceptable as it violates the principles of international law," he added.
Garibashvili said Georgia was not facing an immediate security threat, noting the government was monitoring developments in the wider region. Highlighting a need for a "realistic assessment" of the situation in Ukraine, the PM said his government would use "all available resources" to contribute to a de-escalation of the situation.
The whole international system is facing a big challenge. We are doing and will do the maximum of what our country is capable of," he noted.
The government head also said he had established good relations with regional leaders, before adding the developments around Ukraine would "have an effect on us [but also] on the whole international order".
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s decision to recognise the independence of Ukrainian regions on February 21 follows a call by the Russia's Security Council on the president to do so, while the Russian State Duma unanimously supported the Communist Party's initiative to the Russian president to recognise the independence of the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics.
The international community has condemned the decision of Russia, expressing support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and warning the Russian Federation of the “swift and firm response,” United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken said.