Comment by Foreign Ministry Spokesman on Illegal Incarceration of Georgian Citizen Zaza Gakheladze by Russian Occupation Regime in Tskhinvali
12 February 2021 16:27

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine condemns the decision of Russian occupation regime in Tskhinvali to imprison Georgian citizen Zaza Gakheladze for more than 12 years.

This illegal “decision” grossly violates the norms and principles of international law and the obligations of the Russian Federation under the ceasefire agreement of August 12, 2008. The "decision" also demonstrates Russia's real intentions to destabilize security and humanitarian situation in both the temporarily occupied territories of Georgia and the entire region.

Russia politicizes humanitarian issues and "juggles" people's destinies, holding them hostage for its unlawful political purposes. The European Court of Human Rights decision of January 21, 2021 confirmed that the Russian Federation occupied a part of the sovereign territory of Georgia and is responsible for gross human rights violations in this territory.

Ukraine consistently supports Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders. We demand that Russia immediately stop destabilizing steps against civilian Georgian population in the temporarily occupied territories of Georgia and release the illegally imprisoned Georgian citizen Zaza Gakheladze.

We call on the international community to extend more pressure on Russia forcing it to end its aggression against Georgia and Ukraine and the occupation of their sovereign territories.

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