UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — The occupation regime operating in the Tskhinvali region of Georgia mobilized up to 200 armed men and military equipment on the line of occupation near the village of Tsnelisi (an empty village in the occupied territory). Apparently, the occupation regime is preparing another military provocation against the Georgian state.
The situation worsened after the Georgian side deployed a police post in the territory controlled by it near the line of occupation, near the village of Chorchori. At today’s meeting, as part of the incident prevention and response mechanism (IPRM), the Tskhinvali and Russian sides made a demarche and left the meeting, disrupting its holding. At the same time, an ultimatum was voiced to the Georgian side that if the police post is not removed before 6 in the morning, they intend to use force methods.
The situation may get out of control after the Tskhinvali separatists became hostages of their ultimatum.
The Tskhinvali regime places particular emphasis on the fact that the Georgian post, located on the Georgian-controlled side of the territory, is only 1 kilometer away from the village of Tsnelisi, located in the occupied territory, while the village of Chorchori, the closest village on Georgian-controlled territory, is located from the post on 3 kilometers.
At the same time, the Tskhinvali side cites Soviet maps as evidence of an incomprehensible origin, in which some kind of “border” between “South Ossetia and Georgia” is allegedly fixed, while South Ossetia, as the occupation regime calls the former autonomous region of South Ossetia, has always been and is an integral part of the territory of Georgia.
It should also be reminded to the Tskhinvali separatists that the distance of 1 kilometer from the nearest village in the occupied territory cannot even be compared with their actions when they divide the villages daily, or even houses and household plots in half, turning more and more Georgian citizens into refugees every day they occupy cemeteries and Georgian churches, preventing Georgian citizens from getting there when the occupation regime abducts Georgian citizens almost daily from Georgian-controlled territory.
The Georgian side reacted to this attack of the occupation regime and stated that it was only up to the Georgian side to decide where it would place police posts on its territory. In addition, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia informed the diplomatic corps accredited in the country and called on foreign diplomats to inform the leaders of their states about the aggravation of the situation and possible escalation of the situation as a result of possible provocations by the occupation regime.
The Georgian side also stated that the responsibility for any escalation of the situation and possible provocations will rest with the Russian side, as the side that exercises effective control in the occupied territory.
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