The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine strongly condemns the so-called “presidential elections” in the occupied Abkhazia region of Georgia (March 22).
Ukraine does not recognize any so-called “elections” in the occupied regions of Georgia as they are held under the full control of the aggressor-state, contrary to the international law and have no legal consequences. These actions are also aimed at further aggravating the security situation in the Black Sea region.
Illegal "elections" in the occupied territories is a common practice of the Russian Federation aimed at legitimizing the gains of its aggression against sovereign states. The clear position of the international community in response to these attempts demonstrates the futility of the aggressor state’s efforts.
Ukraine consistently supports the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia within its internationally recognized borders and calls on the Russian Federation to comply with all the provisions of the Ceasefire Agreement of August 12, 2008.