"President Putin's visit to the Abkhazia region of Georgia – on the ninth anniversary of the armed conflict – is detrimental to international efforts to find a peaceful and negotiated settlement. We regret that this visit was carried out without prior consent of the Georgian authorities," said Acting NATO Spokesperson Dylan White, according to an UNIAN correspondent in Brussels.

Read alsoAll Georgians to enjoy visa-free travel across EU, even those living in Russia-occupied Abkhazia and South Ossetia"NATO is united in full support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia within its internationally-recognized borders. We will not recognize any attempts to change the status of Abkhazia and South Ossetia as regions of Georgia," he said.