“Ten years later we should not forget that it was Russia that invaded Georgia, not the other way around. Russia is the aggressor, and Georgia is the victim” - Luke Coffey

“Today, thousands of Russian troops occupy the regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, which together equal 20 percent of Georgia’s internationally recognized territory. 10 years later we should not forget that it was Russia that invaded Georgia, not the other way around. Russia is the aggressor, and Georgia is the victim” - Luke Coffey of the Heritage Foundation said at the Helsinki Commission hearing titled "On Violations of the OSCE Principles and Commitments by the Russian Federation, and Severe Human Rights Situation in the Illegally Occupied Regions of Georgia – Abkhazia and Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia”.

In his speech Luke Coffey spoke about Russia’s occupation of Georgia and the erosion of the international order.

According to him, Georgia’s strategic location makes it important for U.S. geopolitical objectives in the Eurasian region. Georgia has been on a successful journey to democracy. It is an example for the region.

Luke Coffey said that Georgia is a dependable ally of the United States.  And with its troops in Afghanistan, it is the largest non-NATO troop contributor.

“Georgia represents the idea in Europe that each country has the sovereign right to determine its own path and to decide with whom it has relations and how and by whom it is governed. Georgia has shown a commitment to the U.S. Now is not the time for the U.S. turn its back” - Luke Coffey said.