Support The Moscow Times!

NATO Raps Russia for Expanding Border Into Georgia

BRUSSELS — NATO has criticized Russia for expanding its border deeper into Georgia's breakaway Abkhazia region, a move Moscow has portrayed as a temporary step to expand a security zone around the Sochi Winter Olympics.

"We have noted the recent decision to temporarily extend the so-called border zone of Abkhazia further into Georgian territory without the Georgian government's consent," NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen said.

"We are very concerned about that decision," he told a news conference in Brussels on Wednesday after talks with Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili.

Georgia condemned Russia last month for shifting its boundary with Georgia 11 kilometers deeper into Abkhazia, calling it an "illegal action" that violates Georgian sovereignty. Russia says it is a temporary step to create a security buffer around the Olympics in Sochi, which is close to Abkhazia.

Read more

Independent journalism isn’t dead. You can help keep it alive.

The Moscow Times’ team of journalists has been first with the big stories on the coronavirus crisis in Russia since day one. Our exclusives and on-the-ground reporting are being read and shared by many high-profile journalists.

We wouldn’t be able to produce this crucial journalism without the support of our loyal readers. Please consider making a donation to The Moscow Times to help us continue covering this historic time in the world’s largest country.