Georgia accuses Russia of trying to annex South Ossetia

  • Nikola Blokešová
  • 16.3.2017 17:10

On 15 March, Russian President Vladimir Putin approved a proposal to merge some of South Ossetia’s military units into the Russian army. According to international law, South Ossetia is a part of Georgia, who strongly opposes the move, calling it an attempt of annexation of Georgian territory. South Ossetian separatists have already voiced an approval of the merger in 2016.

Georgia has been trying to become a member of the EU and NATO for several years, a decision that, according to Russia, could be catastrophic and highly destabilising for the Caucasus region. Some of Georgia’s main reasons for strengthening their cooperation with NATO is the conflict over separatists regions South Ossetia and Abkhazia with Russia. NATO's representatives emphasised the strong bond with Georgia at the beginning of March 2017, while also calling on Russia to withdraw its troops from South Ossetia. The EU is strengthening its relations with Georgia as well – in February 2017 the EU allowed Georgians visa-free access for short-term stays. However, it still remains to be seen if, and how, will both NATO and the EU try to pacify the current situation in South Ossetia.

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