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Georgia: Russia prepares to annex South Ossetia and Abkhazia

The Georgian government says that the fact of Russia and illegal separatist authorities in South Ossetia and Abkhazia signing the agreements is a step of including these areas into the Russian Federation.

Irakli Garibashvili

The Government of Georgia believes that the signing of agreements between Russia and illegal separatist authorities in South Ossetia and Abkhazia shows Putin's plan to gradually annex the territories of Georgia. It was stated by the Prime Minister of Georgia Irakli Garibashvili, Joinfo.ua reports.

"The current crisis in Ukraine is of a great concern to us and it is deteriorating security situation on the European continent. I would say that Russia's decision to sign agreements with the separatist regimes in South Ossetia and Abkhazia confirms its intention to annex the parts of Georgia step by step," said Garibashvili yesterday in Brussels.

Russia and illegal separatist authorities of Abkhazia signed the Treaty of alliance and strategic partnership. February 4, 2015, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law on ratification of this treaty.

February 18, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and the so-called "foreign minister" of South Ossetia signed an "Agreement on state border."

It should be noted that one of the features of Russia's foreign policy is inspiration and support of separatist movements in the former Soviet Union in order to increase its influence in the former Soviet space.

Recently Georgian Foreign Minister Tamara Beruchashvili said Russia's next step might be annexation of South Ossetia.