Georgia has marked the 10th anniversary of the short war with Russia fought in August 2008.
Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze led Government leaders in paying homage to the fallen of the war.
The foreign ministers of Latvia, Lithuania and Poland, and the Deputy Prime Minister of Ukraine, were in Tbilisi these days to attend events coinciding with the anniversary of the war. Prime Minister Bakhtadze tweeted his appreciation for the support of the four Europeann states.
Hosted Foreign Ministers of #Poland Jacek #Czaputowicz, #Lithuania @LinkeviciusL & #Latvia @edgarsrinkevics & DPM of #Ukraine @RozenkoPavlo in #Tbilisi. Thank you for the staunch support of #Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity. pic.twitter.com/EtZsPcg1eI— Mamuka Bakhtadze (@BakhtadzeMamuka) August 7, 2018
In 2008 Russia intervened in Georgia after clashes eruopted between Georgian and South Ossetian forces. An end to the fighting was subsequently negotiated through the mediation of French President Sarkozy. Russia subsequently recognised Abkhazia and South Ossetia as independent states, and now maintains a large number of troops in these territories. The Georgian government insists that the two territories are under Russian occupation.
photo: Georgian Prime Minister Mamuka Bakhtadze leading Government leaders in paying homage to the fallen of the August 2008 war. with Russia
Earlier in the day Putin made a shorty private visit to Austria, where he attended the wedding of the Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneisl, and held what was described by the Kremlin as "a brief conversation" with the Austrian Chancellor, Sebastian Kurz.
Addressing Armenia's foreign policy Nikol Pashinyan said he wanted a qualitative improvement in the relations with Russia and to improve relations with the EU. To those who are saying Armenia is going to the west, Pashinyan said, "Armenia is going nowhere. It is just standing on its feet"