EU — Statement on Russian plans on missile deployment in Abkhazia

State­ment by High Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Cather­ine Ash­ton on Russ­ian plans on mis­sile deploy­ment in Abk­hazia
Cather­ine Ash­ton, the High Rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the Union for For­eign Affairs and Secu­ri­ty Pol­i­cy and Vice-Pres­i­dent of the Com­mis­sion made the fol­low­ing state­ment:

“I am con­cerned about the report­ed state­ments that the Russ­ian Fed­er­a­tion has deployed a midrange air defence sys­tem in the Geor­gian region of Abk­hazia with­out the con­sent of the Gov­ern­ment of Georgia.

The deploy­ment of such a weapon sys­tem in Abk­hazia would be in con­tra­dic­tion with the Six-point cease­fire agree­ment as well as imple­ment­ing mea­sures and would risk fur­ther increas­ing ten­sions in the region.

I call on Rus­sia to ful­ly imple­ment all its oblig­a­tions under the cease­fire agreement.

The EU reit­er­ates its firm sup­port for the secu­ri­ty and sta­bil­i­ty of Geor­gia, based on full respect for the prin­ci­ples of inde­pen­dence, sov­er­eign­ty and ter­ri­to­r­i­al integri­ty, recog­nised by inter­na­tion­al law.

The EU also recalls that offi­cial vis­its to the Geor­gian regions of Abk­hazia and South Osse­tia should be made in full respect of Georgia’s sov­er­eign­ty and ter­ri­to­r­i­al integrity” 

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