Statement by President Yushchenko
Ukraine is ready to take an active part in restoring the territorial integrity of Georgia.
President of Ukraine Victor Yushchenko said this in a statement on Russia’s recognizing the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.
The statement recalls that on August 26 of the current year, President of the Russian Federation Dmytriy Medvedev, neglecting position of the international community, signed the decree on recognizing the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.
The Ukrainian President stressed: “The tragedy of the Georgian, and, in particular, of the South-Ossetian nations, the military conflict between Russia and Georgia, became a tough challenge not only for the Caucasian region, but also for the whole civilized world”.
Victor Yushchenko stressed that the Moscow’s move threatens peace and stability in our region and at the European space, undermines the existing international order, violates the integrity of principles of the UN Statute as well as of other international legal documents, is an illegal change of state borders, and a sign of pressure and force interference.
Ukraine condemns the Russia’s recognition of independence of the separatist regions and calls on the Russian leadership to return to international legal norms and to follow the ceasefire principles.
According to the Ukrainian President, Ukraine expects the international community will join forces in restoring the territorial integrity of Georgia, and claims about its readiness to actively take part in this process.