Thursday, July 7 2016 17:10 EEST
It’s high time for Russia to leave Abkhazia and South Ossetia, US says
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On July 6, the US Secretary of State John Kerry and the Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Kvirikashvili signed an agreement on defense partnership.

According to the US State Department, the document aims 'to strengthen and expand cooperation in the matters of defense and security.'

Kerry said that the partnership between the US and Georgia was unshakeable, the report reads. He mentioned the participation of Georgian troops in the NATO peacekeeping mission in Afghanistan and pointed out that the US has given $4.3 billion to Georgia. According to him, Washington and Tbilisi have been working on strategic issues of partnership.

Following the meeting with the President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili, Kerry wrote on Twitter that 'the US strongly supports the security, prosperity and Euro-Atlantic aspirations of Georgia.'

Furthermore, Kerry described Russia's actions in Georgia as occupation and urged Moscow to the full implementation of the ceasefire agreement from August 12, 2008.

'The United States strongly supports the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Georgia. The results of the occupation and militarization of Russia are unacceptable in terms of the occupation of Georgian territories and we again urge Russia to fulfill the ceasefire agreement of 2008, which means the withdrawal of its troops to pre-conflict positions and the removal of all the barriers for humanitarian support in this region,' Kerry said.

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