The US on Wednesday condemned Syria’s choice to acknowledge two breakaway areas in Georgia and create diplomatic ties, saying it absolutely backed Georgia’s independence and reiterating its name for Russia to withdraw from the world.
“The US strongly condemns the Syrian regime’s intention to ascertain diplomatic relations with the Russian-occupied Georgian areas of Abkhazia and South Ossetia,” U.S. State Division spokeswoman Heather Nauert mentioned in an announcement.
“These areas are a part of Georgia. The US’ place on Abkhazia and South Ossetia is unwavering,” the assertion mentioned.
The U.S. assertion got here someday after Georgia mentioned it will sever diplomatic relations with Syria after Damascus moved to acknowledge the 2 areas as unbiased states.
Russia, Nicaragua, Venezuela and Nauru beforehand acknowledged the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, each of which broke away from Georgia following the collapse of the Soviet Union.
Following that combat within the early 1990s, Georgia and Russia fought a warfare over the areas in August 2008.
The US and European Union have backed Georgia in calling the Russian operation a unadorned land seize.
Final week, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pledged deeper safety and financial assist for Georgia. He additionally known as on Russia to withdraw its forces from Abkhazia and South Ossetia below the ceasefire settlement that adopted the 2008 warfare. The division echoed that request on Wednesday.
“We absolutely assist Georgia’s sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity inside its internationally acknowledged borders, and name on all states to … do the identical,” Nauert mentioned.