Since 2008 and before that, the Georgian authorities have always demanded the withdrawal of the Russian troops from the territory of Georgia. Of course, Georgia is not going to take back this condition, Archil Talakvadze, Vice Speaker of the Parliament, said when asked if Georgia would demand the pullout of Russian troops from the occupied territories like Moldova.
According to Talakvadze, the occupation of Georgian territories continues, the Russian Federation, through the de facto government, is unlawfully occupying 20 per cent of Georgian territories and Russian troops are still illegally present in the country.
“Russian soldiers and military units are on the territory of Georgia unlawfully. We signed a ceasefire agreement after the 2008 war, which provides for the withdrawal of Russian troops from the territory of Georgia.
Since 2008 and it can be said that before that (because the occupation existed before that too), the Georgian authorities have always demanded that the troops of the Russian Federation leave the territory of Georgia. This is not new and of course, Georgia is not going to take back this condition at the expense of its national interests. This is one of the main conditions in the ceasefire agreement,” Talakvadze said.