08 August 2018, 09:53

Georgia's and Russia's statements by the 10th anniversary of Five-Day War recall EU's investigation

On the anniversary of the conflict, which led to recognition of South Ossetia's and Abkhazia's independence, authorities of Georgia and Russia have reproached each other for the start of the warfare. The report of the international commission that had worked under the auspices of the European Union (EU) holding inquiry into the circumstances of the conflict treated the Georgia's use of force against South Ossetia as illegitimate.

The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that this year marks the 10th anniversary of the start of the Russia's special operation of "forcing to peace" – the Five-Day War.

"We should not be afraid to call things by their own names – what Russia did and does against a sovereign state is aggression," the "Interfax" quotes the Georgian President, Giorgi Margvelashvili, as stating.

Tensions between Georgia, Abkhazia and South Ossetia onset back in 1991, but the war should not occur, it not for the behaviour of the former Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili, Dmitry Medvedev, the Russian Prime Minister, told in his interview to the "Kommersant" newspaper.

In 2009, the EU's international commission set up to study the circumstances of the war doubted the need for Russia's military actions.

The report noted that "all the parties – Georgian, Russian and South-Ossetian militaries – violated the international humanitarian law and human rights," but "the commission finds accusations against Georgia of genocide unjustified."

The United States, Canada, Great Britain, Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Sweden, Poland, Romania, the Czech Republic and Ukraine also adopted, in the OSCE, a statement in support of Georgia.

This article was originally published on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’ on August 6, 2018 at 11:58 pm MSK. To access the full text of the article, click here.

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