The visit of Belarusian president Alyaksandr Lukashenka to occupied Abkhazia, a separatist republic of Georgia, was “condemned” by the president of that country, Salome Zurabishvili. In her opinion “this is an unacceptable violation of Georgian law” and “the principles of our bilateral relations and international law”. Echo Kawkaza’s website reported that a Belarusian ambassador had been summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tbilisi.
“I strongly condemn Alyaksandr Lukashenka’s visit to occupied Abkhazia. This is an unacceptable violation of Georgian law on occupied territories and the principles of our bilateral relations and international law,” the president wrote on Wednesday Georgia Salome Zurabishvili on Twitter.
Georgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs: violation of the state border
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tbilisi said in a press release that the Georgian side expressed “extreme concern” about Lukashenka’s visit and his meetings with representatives of the Russian occupation authorities, and demanded additional explanations from the Belarusian side. The ministry condemned the “violation of the state border” by Lukashenka.
Minsk was called on to respect Georgia’s territorial integrity and sovereignty and to refrain from taking any action contrary to international law.
As reported by Echo Kawkaza, after Lukashenka’s visit to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tbilisi, the Belarusian ambassador was summoned.
Lukashenka met with the leader of Abkhazia
Since 1992, Abkhazia has been outside the sovereignty of the Georgian authorities. The separatist government of Abkhazia assumes that it is an independent state – a unilateral proclamation of independence took place in 1992. The independence of the republic is recognized by only a few states, including Russiawho did it in 2008 after several days of war with Georgia.
Kawkaz’s echo said that Lukashenka’s visit was unofficial. Belarusian independent media also point out that Lukashenka’s visit to the territory of Abkhazia, which is Georgia’s territory under international law, has not been announced anywhere.
The press office of Abkhazian leader Aslan Bżani informed about his meeting with Lukashenka. Meanwhile, the Belarusian leader said that he had talked about Abkhazia with the Russian president Vladimir Putin in Sochi.
From Saturday, Lukashenka was in Sochi, Russia, although this visit was also unannounced. On Sunday, the website “Zerkalo” informed on Telegram that the presidential plane had departed from Minsk to Sochi. The official part of the talks, which the media informed about, took place on Monday. On Tuesday, a Kremlin spokesman said Putin and Lukashenka “are continuing talks in Sochi.”
At the end of August, the Voice of America announced that Bżania announced that Abkhazia was ready to join the Union State of Russia and Belarus. He said that this entry “was in line with the interests” of the Abkhazians. He also stated that he believed in Russia’s victory in the war against Ukraine and stressed the importance of friendship with Moscow.
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