About Civil.ge
Eng | Geo | Rus
Last updated: 04:42 - 24 May.'17
RSS
Mobile
Twitter
Facebook
Russia Demands Peacekeepers’ Release
Civil Georgia, Tbilisi / 3 Sep.'07 / 19:01

The Russian Foreign Ministry demanded on September 3 that Georgia “immediately release” two Russian citizens who were serving in Russia’s North Ossetian peacekeeping battalion in the South Ossetian conflict zone.

Georgian police arrested Tariel Khachirov and Vitaly Valiev in the South Ossetian conflict zone on August 29 and charged them with the illegal detention of four Georgian journalists from Rustavi 2 and Mze television stations and three other people, including a 13-year-old boy, on August 27 and 26, respectively. All were released on August 27. The two servicemen were sentenced to pre-trial custody for two months by a court in Mtskheta, a town close to the capital, Tbilisi, on August 30.

The Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on September 3 that it had summoned Georgia’s charge d´affaires to Moscow over the issue.

It said that the arrest of the Russian citizens was “a rough violation” of the 1994 protocol, which stipulates that servicemen from the Joint Peacekeeping Forces (involving a battalion each from the Georgian, Russian and Russia’s North Ossetian, sides) “fall under the exclusive jurisdiction of their respective parties in case of any wrongdoing.”

“Consequently they can not be arrested by the Georgian law enforcement agencies and furthermore, sentenced by the Georgian judiciary,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said.

Earlier, secessionist authorities in Tskhinvali, as well as the Russian command of the joint peacekeeping troops in the conflict zone, also demanded the detainees’ immediate release.

The Georgian State Ministry for Conflict Resolution Issues, however, rejected the demands, saying on August 31, that the two arrested soldiers were not from North Ossetia, but were in fact residents of South Ossetia. (Existing agreements ban the recruitment of local residents for service in the peacekeeping forces). It also said that Russia was trying “to politicize a purely criminal case.”

Shota Khizanishvili, a Georgian Interior Ministry spokesman, ruled out the possibility of release. “The detainees have already been charged and their release is impossible,” he told Civil.Ge on August 31.

Latest News
24 May.'17 04:42
Controversy over Moscow’s New Sokhumi-based Law Enforcement Center Continues
The “Information-Coordination Center of Internal Affairs Agencies” stirred public debate in Abkhazia.
24 May.'17 02:59
Kremlin Appoints New Envoy to Tskhinvali
Maj.Gen. Marat Kulakhmetov served as the commander of Russia’s peacekeeping forces in Tskhinvali Region.
24 May.'17 01:58
Turkish PM Meets Georgian Officials in Tbilisi
Georgian, Turkish ministers held the second High Level Strategic Cooperation Council.
23 May.'17 23:14
Georgia Hosts Trilateral Defense Ministerial
Georgian, Azerbaijani, Turkish ministers discuss cooperation, security measures for regional projects.
23 May.'17 17:32
Azerbaijani Defense Minister Visits Georgia
Zakir Hasanov met Georgian Defense Minister Levan Izoria, discussed bilateral, trilateral defense relations.
23 May.'17 16:09
German Citizen Detained in Abkhazia
Russian FSB officers detained German citizen for “illegal border crossing.”
23 May.'17 14:54
Georgian Leaders Condemn Manchester Attack
President, Prime Minister, Parliamentary Chairman issued statements following the terrorist act.
23 May.'17 12:52
Republicans, Free Democrats Mull Unification for Municipal Election
Free Democrats garnered 4.63%, while Republicans obtained 1.55% in 2016 parliamentary polls.
22 May.'17 17:11
Prosecutors Close Case against ECHR Judge’s Brother
Nona Tsotsoria said the investigation was related to her work at the European Court of Human Rights.
22 May.'17 13:59
Moscow to Establish New Law Enforcement Agency in Abkhazia
Russia signed with Sokhumi an agreement on establishing the Joint Information-Coordination Center.

About Civil Georgia
Civil.Ge © 2001-2017, Daily News Online
Registered office: 2 Dolidze Str, 4-th Floor.
34