Statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia on holding the Russian State Duma elections in Georgia’s occupied territories

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia condemns holding of the 19 September 2021 Russian State Duma elections and illegal opening of the about 20 polling stations in Georgia’s occupied territories, as Moscow’s another destructive step against Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity that grossly violates the fundamental norms of international law and fully disregards the UN Charter and Helsinki Final Act. 

The fact that the population living in Georgia’s occupied territories elect the majoritarian MPs from Russia’s Voronezh, Leningrad, Samara Oblasts and Zabaykalsky Krai alongside with Russian political parties within the Russian State Duma clearly demonstrates the ongoing de-facto annexation process of the Georgian regions of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali region/South Ossetia. 
While since the early 2000s the Russian Federation has conducted the illegal, forced passportisation in Georgia’s occupied territories and continues the occupation and effective control of those regions, and as a result hundreds of thousands of IDPs and refugees are still deprived of the possibility to return to their homes in a safe and dignified manner, any elections and moreover – the elections of the legislative body of the occupying country are illegal and cannot have any legal effect. The aforementioned is attested by the Judgement of the international court - the European Court of Human Rights that legally established the responsibility of the Russian Federation, as the state occupying and exercising effective control over the Georgian regions of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali region/South Ossetia, for violations of the fundamental norms of international law therein.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia calls upon the Russian Federation to respect its international obligations and implement the EU-mediated 12 August 2008 Ceasefire Agreement, withdraw its forces from Georgia’s territory, allow deployment of international security mechanisms on the ground and reverse its illegal decision on recognition of so-called independence of the occupied territories.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia appeals to the international community to give a due assessment and proper response to yet another illegal action of Russia directed against Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.