Georgia slams Russia over ceasefire 'breaches'

2nd September 2010, Comments 0 comments

Georgia's Prime Minister Nika Gilauri Thursday accused Russia of failing to live up to an EU-brokered ceasefire to end their 2008 war, claiming Moscow was beefing up its military forces.

Gilauri, who is visiting Lithuania, said Moscow had breached a six-point deal signed in August 2008 by Russian and Georgian leaders under the auspices of French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who was at the helm of the EU at the time.

It was "kind of the main document for the ceasefire, but none of these points are being fulfilled by the Russian side so far. None of them," Gilauri told reporters.

"Right now, it's the opposite, the Russian side is building up the army, getting more soldiers in the occupied territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, even new technologies are being introduced there," he added.

The agreement was signed by Sarkozy, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvilli.

Last month Georgia accused arch-rival Russia of deploying sophisticated missile defence systems in breakaway South Ossetia as well as Abkhazia.

Moscow announced in August it had placed missiles in Abkhazia but denied the weapons were also in South Ossetia.

Georgia and most of the international community insist that Abkhazia and South Ossetia are an integral part of Georgian territory, but long-time backer Russia recognised the two regions as independent after the war.

Lithuanian Prime Minister Andrius Kubilius said the ceasefire issue should remain at the forefront in talks on boosting ties between the European Union and Russia.

"The EU should be as effective as possible in its relations with Russia and, in all discussions on new agreements with Russia, ask it to fulfil its obligations on that issue," Kubilius said alongside Gilauri.

Like Georgia, Lithuania won independence from Moscow when the Soviet Union crumbled in 1991.

In contrast with Georgia, Lithuania is anchored in the West, after joining the EU and NATO in 2004. The Baltic state has long been a vocal supporter of Georgia.

© 2010 AFP

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