TALLINN - At a formal meeting of the UN Security Council on Wednesday, Estonia alongside the United States, Belgium, Germany, France and the United Kingdom raised the issue of Russia's actions against Georgia.
"This week marks 12 years since the beginning of Russia's aggression in Georgia. We considered it important to draw the international community's attention at the Security Council to the fact that Russia's aggression in Georgia has not waned," Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu said.
The foreign minister highlighted the fact that Russia continues its attempts to shift borders and undermine the sovereignty of its neighbor. The regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, which are integral parts of Georgia, remain occupied.
In its statement, Estonia called on Russia to immediately begin implementing the UN secretary general's call for a global ceasefire and respect international law. "Lately, we have witnessed the increase of provocative actions against Georgia. This translates into a more fragile security situation in the whole region," Gert Auvaart, Estonia's deputy permanent representative to the UN, said.
After the meeting, Estonia, the United States, Belgium, Germany, France and the United Kingdom, as well as the non-permanent members for the 2021-2022 period Ireland and Norway, made a joint stakeout, expressing concern over the intensification of the so-called borderization process over the past year, including during the pandemic.
Arbitrary detentions both in the occupied regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, as well as along the administrative boundary lines have continued throughout the pandemic, and the delivery of humanitarian assistance in South Ossetia has been denied during the pandemic.
"We call again on the Russian Federation to fully implement her obligation and commitments under the agreements of August 12 and September 8, 2008,” the joint statement stressed, reiterating support to the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia.