Russia was demanded to withdraw its troops from Abkhazia and South Ossetia
The U.S. Helsinki Commission demanded Russian authorities to withdraw its troops from the territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. According to Trend referring to the statement of the U.S. Helsinki Commission Sen. Chris Smith, Russia should "cease the illegal occupation of Abkhazia and South Ossetia".
"Russia must withdraw its troops and allow Georgian refugees and forcibly displaced persons to return to their homes" - said Sen. Chris Smith in an interview to American radio station "Voice of America".
In turn, according to another senator - Ben Cardin, Russia should also allow the OSCE to start working in conflict zones in Georgia by lifting ban for the job.
Recall, the conflict in South Ossetia in August 2008 was unleashed by the Georgian authorities. Russia, speaking on the side of Tskhinval, had carried out an operation to "force Georgia to peace" and had recognized the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. Later, Moscow's position was supported by Nicaragua, Venezuela and Nauru.
Official Tbilisi severed diplomatic relations with the Russian side, the two republics were called "occupied territories".
According to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, actions of Russian authorities during the war in South Ossetia were "optimal".