Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Georgia terminates Diplomatic Relations with the Russian Federation

On 2 September 2008 Envoy Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to Georgia A. Smaga was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia.

Director of the Department of Russia Ir. Toronjadze presented two Notes to the Russian Envoy.

One Note indicates that with respect to Russia’s hostile actions, in particular military aggression against Georgia, invasion of a part of the Georgian territory, ethnic cleansing conducted in Georgia’s internationally recognized parts – Abkhazia and the Tskhinvali region and illegal recognition of their so-called independence, and on the basis of Resolution N243 of the Parliament of Georgia (28 August 2008), Georgia terminates the Protocol of 2 July 1992 on the ‘Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between the Republic of Georgia and the Russian Federation’.

The other Note of the Georgian Foreign Ministry notifies the Russian side that in compliance with paragraph 3 of Article 2 of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations (24 April 1963), the Georgian side maintains consular relations with the Russian Federation and the Consular Office (consul, two vice-consuls, technical personnel) continues its activity.