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NATO and EU criticize Russia for signed agreement with Abkhazia and South Ossetia2009-05-04 15:11
NATO and the EU condemn Russia's agreements with South Ossetia and Abkhazia on guarding borders - RIA Novosti.gt-en-newsitem-inside
On Thursday Russia signed bilateral agreements with Abkhazia and South Ossetia on joint efforts in guarding the state border. According to these documents Russia will provide guarding of the borders South Ossetia and Abkhazia until they form own corresponding bodies.
James Appathurai, NATO spokesman said these documents are another violation of august 12th and September 8th agreements the EU agreed upon; it contradicts the interests of long-term peace and security in South Caucasus region. On behalf of NATO Appathurai supported sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia in its borders recognized by the international community.
The Czech Republic, the EU chair country, in its turn spread the statement in which expressed worry in regard to the signing of the agreements contradicting the 6-sided August 12th peace agreement. The document also expresses the EU's support to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia and points the necessity to discuss the issues of security at the international forums, in particular, in the framework of Geneva Talks, next round of which will be held on May 18th - 19th.