Georgian President Salome Zourabichvili has responded to the Kremlin’s invasion of Ukraine’s internationally recognised borders earlier today, calling it “shocking” for Georgia and expressing solidarity with the country.
Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the move earlier on Thursday, following his recognition of independence of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions earlier this week, and called on Ukrainian soldiers “to lay down their arms” and pledging to “demilitarise and denationalise Ukraine.”
In a reaction to the latest developments in Ukraine on Twitter, Zourabichvili called for a “halt of the military operations” in the country.
Georgian nation ????????shocked by the Russian agression in Ukraine. We stand in solidarity with the Ukrainian people and call for a halt of the military operations #SlavaUkraini— Salome Zourabichvili (@Zourabichvili_S) February 24, 2022
Zourabichvili on Monday condemned Putin’s decision to recognise the independence of the two regions of Ukraine, calling it a “repetition of the scenarios” - alluding to the events during and after the 2008 Russia-Georgia war - and expressing support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
The Russian president’s decision to recognise the independence of Ukrainian regions followed a call by the Russia's Security Council on the president to do so, with the Russian State Duma unanimously supporting 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 aggressive moves of the Russian Federation, expressing support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. United States Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned the Russian Federation of the “swift and firm response”.
The European Union, United States and several other countries have already imposed sanctions on Russia.