Georgia says Russia bent on ‘creeping annexation’ of breakaway regions

Georgian Foreign Minister Tamar Beruchashvili met with EU and NATO officials in Brussels this week and said that Russia is moving ahead with the “creeping annexation” of Georgia’s two breakaway regions, Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Beruchashvili said Russia is trying to create frozen conflicts in neighboring countries like Georgia and Ukraine in order to expand Moscow’s sphere of influence. In response, the EU may soon grant Georgians visa-free travel in Europe’s Schengen area, which may incentivize Abkahzia and South Ossetia residents to remain part of Georgia, Beruchashvili said.

 

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