Georgian Foreign Minister David Zalkaliani responded to the Russian authorities' statements regarding the history of Georgia, describing them as an example of presenting historical facts wrongly, subjectively and with bias.
“Russian officials’ statements like these are no novelty to us. They are based on erroneous facts and are put in the wrong context” - Zalkaliani said. He highlighted that the international community is perfectly aware of the real situation and the historical facts, which is the reason why the entire civilized world recognizes Georgia as a united, sovereign and territorially integral state, including Abkhazia and the Tskhinvali region.
As for the historical past, Georgia’s centuries-long history gives an ample evidence confirming that both Abkhazia and the Tskhinvali region are the territories of Georgia since ancient times.
“If we want to look back in history let historians do that. As the government, we must do our utmost to take steps towards de-escalation and de-occupation” – the Minister said. According to him, the position of the Georgian government is unaltered and it remains committed to peaceful resolution of the conflict, in particular, within the format of the Geneva International Discussions where “the fact that the territorial integrity of Georgia is recognized by the international community and the necessity to comply with all international norms and obligations” are the main themes running throughout the meetings.