Georgia pulled out of missile defense treaty with Russia

13:34, 06 May 2008
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“It will be very bad for the region”, the Russian FM said

The decision of Tbilisi is to withdraw from Missile Defense Treaty of Russia and Georgia, says the note of Georgia’s Foreign Ministry that was handed over on Tuesday to the RF Minister Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Georgia A. Smag, according to Kommersant.

The unilateral decision of Georgia to pull out of the missile defense treaty with Russia manifests its lack of will to peacefully settle the conflicts with unrecognized republics, said the RF Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov.

“I cannot comment on actions of Georgia on each occasion. I think these actions show a line and, unfortunately, the line is undermining all previous agreements on settlement of South Ossetia’s and Abkhazia’s conflicts,” Lavrov said, specifying he hadn’t heard of Georgia’s withdrawal from any treaty with Russia.

“It will be very bad for the region,” Lavrov pointed out.

Russia and Georgia sealed the Missile Defense Treaty April 19, 1995. So far, the members of united missile-defense system of CIS have been Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tadjikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Ukraine.

Kommersant

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