Special attention was paid to Russia's recent steps towards actual annexation of the occupied territories of Georgia, namely, the so-called Russian Federation The ratification of the Agreement on the unification of illegal military units in the Russian Armed Forces of Tskhinvali region as well as the so-called" Opening of customs points in Sokhumi and Akhalgori
Georgia has maintained that Russian troops have not pulled out of Akhalgori
, a district that Russia asserts is within South Ossetia's Soviet-era borders, and the Kodori Gorge, and that no Russian military bases are permitted in the regions.
barbwire along the occupation line of Gori, Kareli, Kaspi and Akhalgori
districts," Panjikidze stated when addressing the OSCE
Alexander Glukhov was captured by Georgian armed forces in the Akhalgori
region of South Ossetia and taken to Tbilisi [Georgia's capital]," a defence ministry spokesman was quoted as saying by Russian news agencies.
I had an opportunity to say to Mr Medvedev that there needs to be progress on the retreat of Russian forces in two particular parts of Ossetia, I'm thinking of Akhalgori
and Perevi, outside South Ossetia," Sarkozy said.
Georgian Interior Ministry spokesman Shota Utiashvili said the Russian withdrawal was a positive move, but he added that Georgia wouldn't consider it complete until the troops leave the town of Akhalgori
, near South Ossetia, and the Kodori Gorge in another Moscow-backed breakaway province, Abkhazia.
Also, the Russian occupation regime in Akhalgori
The opening of the customs checkpoint and the so-called Russian customs service in Sokhumi On the creation of a specialized customs post.
With the exception of limited returns of internally displaced persons (IDPs) to the Gali and Akhalgori
Referring to the controversial military presence of Russian troops in the Akhalgori
district and the upper Kodori valley - zones inside the breakaway Georgian regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, which before the conflict were controlled by Georgian authorities, Ferrero-Waldner said that this issue should to be addressed at the Geneva conference, which was launched on 15 October.
On 29 January 2018 the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine issued a statement reiterating Ukraine`s unwavering support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia within its internationally recognized borders and strongly condemning the ratification by the State Duma of the Russian Federation of the so-called agreement on the order of inclusion of certain units of the armed forces of the self-proclaimed Republic of South Ossetia (occupied territory of Georgia) into the armed forces of the Russian Federation as well as the opening by the Russian occupation authorities of a customs checkpoint in Akhalgori
(Tskhinvali region) and establishment of a specialized customs checkpoint in Sukhumi in Abkhazia.
Commenting on the difficult situation on the ground, Kouchner urged Moscow to provide access for humanitarian aid workers to such districts as Akhalgori
and the village of Perevi, on the border of rebel South Ossetia, which remain under Russia's control.
Views were exchanged on announced changes to the language of instruction in Georgian schools in the Akhalgori