US Ambassador Degnan: we are 'unwavering' about Georgia's sovereignty, territorial integrity

  • Ambassador Degnan asserted that the US will continue calling for Russia to end its occupation of Georgia. Photo: US Embassy Tbilisi, Georgia

Agenda.ge, 11 Jan 2022 - 20:23, Tbilisi,Georgia

US Ambassador to Georgia Kelly Degnan has said that the US remains 'unwavering' about Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Ambassador Degnan noted the US is willing to negotiate with Russia in order to prevent conflict but will not 'trade away' the sovereignty of any European countries, including that of Georgia.

Russia does not get a veto over your sovereign decisions. We will not negotiate about Georgia without Georgia, she said.

The ambassador added that the people of Georgia are familiar with the Kremlin actions as they have fought for their freedom against Russia for years.

You know how the Kremlin twists the truth and distorts history, trying to confuse and divide people. Russia is the country that destroyed the Republic of Georgia in 1921, desecrated Georgian Orthodox Churches, and tried to smother the Georgian language, she explained.

Ambassador Degnan asserted that the US will continue calling for Russia to end its occupation of Georgia.

The Russian Foreign Ministry put forward two proposals on ‘security guarantees’ between Russia, the US and NATO on December 17, which include restrictions on troop, ship, and aircraft deployments for both NATO and Russia, as well limits to the deployment of intermediate and short-range missiles abroad.

On December 10, Russia released a statement demanding NATO member states rescind the 2008 Bucharest Summit declaration supporting Georgia and Ukraine's goal of becoming members of the alliance. 

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