Steven Bigan – We must double pressure on Russia to force it withdraw recognition of South Ossetia and Abkhazia
Steven Bigan – We must double pressure on Russia to force it withdraw recognition of South Ossetia and Abkhazia

We must double the pressure on Russia to force it to fully fulfill the 2008 ceasefire agreement, withdraw recognition of South Ossetia and Abkhazia and stop occupation of Georgia’s territories – Steven Bigan, US Assistant Secretary of State said during an online conference organized by Levan Mikeladze Foundation.

According to Bigan, Russia should respect state sovereignty and territorial integrity of its neighbor country-Georgia.

“The United States is working and will continue to work with Georgia to develop a common vision for the security of South Caucasus and Central Asia, so that the region is free from conflict and influence. The US will focus on democratic governance and economic development,” Bigan said.

Bigan said that the recent violence between Azerbaijan and Armenia pointed on the necessity of conflicts’ resolution in the region. He claimed that 2008 Russia-Georgia war and Russian intrusion into Georgia served as another reminder of a facing threat.

 

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