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Foreign Ministry of Russia: Clinton’s statement on “de-occupation” has no grounds2010-07-08 11:18
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia believes that the statement of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on "occupation of Georgia's territory" by Russia has no grounds - RIA Novosti.gt-en-newsitem-inside
"Under international law, occupation is a temporary stationing of the troops of one state on the territory of another in conditions of a state of war between them. Moreover, authority in the occupied territory is exercised by the military command of the occupying state," the statement of the Ministry says.
"Thus, the use by Secretary of State Clinton of the term "occupation" has no foundation beneath it. There is not a single Russian service member in the territory of Georgia. In the region there are Russian military contingents, but they are stationed in the territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, which have seceded from Georgia as a result of the aggression unleashed by the Saakashvili regime. At the same time Abkhazia and South Ossetia have their own democratically formed legislative, executive and judicial authorities fully operational; political parties are actively working there," the document, posted on the Ministry's official site, adds.
The Russian Foreign Ministry expressed hope the Western colleagues would take account of the objective reality, and highlighted that Russian troops and bases in the two republics are stationed on the basis of bilateral interstate agreements in full accordance with the norms of international law.