Tbilisi accuses Russia of moving border in Tskhinvali Region
At his meeting with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Grigory Karasin in Prague on July 15, the Georgian Prime Minister's Special Representative for Russia, Zurab Abashidze, is going to confront him about the movement of the dividing line in Tskhinvali Region deep into the Georgian villages of Tsitelubani, Khurvaleti and Orchosani two days ago.
"Sometimes they say, it does not matter whether someone is indignant or not because nothing would follow this indignation. However, Russia is paying too high a price for such a policy. We must let our truth be known everywhere," Abashidze told reporters during a visit to the village of Khurvaleti on Sunday.
Shalva Enukideze, chief analyst at the Georgian Interior Ministry, who also visited the village on Sunday, called such actions a "provocation."
"While Georgia, Ossetia and Abkhazia are trying to find common ground at the negotiating process in Geneva," Russia has "committed a gross breach of international law," he said. "This is a provocation pure and simple, aimed at destabilizing the situation in the region," Enukidze told reporters.
A day earlier the Georgian Interior Ministry issued a statement saying that on July 10 Russian troops installed illegal banners marking "the so-called border" in the areas abutting the village of Tsitelubani and Khurvaleti in Gori District and the village of Orchosani in Akhalgori District, close to the central highway between Tbilisi and Gori.
According to Tbilisi, there are certain segments of the Baku-Supsa pipeline near both these areas.