Estonia Disapproves Russia’s Decision to Recognise the Independence of Georgia’s Separatist Regions

Foreign Minister Urmas Paet stated that Russian President Dmitri Medvedev’s decision to recognise the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia is unacceptable. “Russia’s move is a deliberate breach of international law and the principles of stability in Europe. Estonia, like all European Union and NATO member states, adheres firmly to the principles of Georgia’s territorial integrity,” emphasised Foreign Minister Urmas Paet.

“This step clearly shows that Russia does not want to find a solution to the conflict situation, but would rather intensify it further,” said Paet. “This decision does nothing to help stabilise the situation or improve the prospect of peace in the Caucasus,” he added.

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