- Russian helicopters violate Georgian airspace
Russian helicopters have violated Georgian airspace - several helicopters flew over the Georgian controlled territory from the occupied Tskhinvali Region yesterday and from the occupied Abkhazia today. Georgian authorities have said it was yet another provocation by Russia amid the situation in Ukraine.
According to the reports, the helicopters flew over the villages of Gori, Kaspi and Zugdidi regions. Arguably, the occupants observed Georgian police check-points.
`This is the violation of the airspace of a sovereign state, this is the violation of those international agreements and contracts, in the frames of which we currently work with the Russian Federation, because this is not the violation of our airspace only, but also the violation of the controlled airspace. I take this as a provocation. There is a difficult situation in the region in general and we should be exceedingly careful not to be provoked. We respond to such steps by coordinated work with our partners and observe the developments in the region attentively and we observe how these developments are reflected on our country,` President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili said.
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia has already released a special statement regarding the violation of Georgian airspace by Russian Federation.
- Churkin says Russia cuts diplomatic ties with Ukraine
Russia cuts diplomatic ties with Ukraine - Russian ambassador to UN Vitaly Churkin announced at the UN today, ТСН channel has reported.
According to Russia`s permanent representative to the organization, Moscow does not recognize the legitimacy of Ukraine`s current government and thus cuts all kinds of diplomatic ties with the country.
Vitaly Churkin also says Russia will conduct independent investigation on the developments in Ukraine, where snipers killed police officers and protestors.
- Delegation of Crimean MPs visit Russian DUMA
Russian Federation Council will support the draft resolution on joining Ukraine`s Crimea to the Russian Federation - the speaker of the upper house of Russian DUMA Valentina Matvienko announced today. She added it would depend on the results of the referendum, in case the majority of the voters support the new political status of the peninsula.
Today, the delegation of Crimean lawmakers visited Russian DUMA, where they were welcomed with applauds.
The referendum on determining the status of Crimea is planned for March 16th.
- President laid wreath on memorial of Zhiuli Shartava
President of Georgia paid tribute to the memory of Georgian national hero, Zhiuli Shartava on his 70th anniversary. Giorgi Margvelashvili announced at the memorial today that by commemorating Zhiuli Shartava, he was also paying tribute to all, who fell in the tragedy of Abkhazia.
`The life of people like Zhiuli Shartava never ends with passing. The unification of the nation is based on the deeds of heroes like him,` President said.
Zhiuli Shartava was the chairperson of the supreme government of Abkhazian Autonomous Republic of Georgia, who was shot dead by separatists in 1993.
- Prime Minister commemorates national hero, Zhiuli Shartava
Today the first National Hero of independent Georgia – Zhiuli Shartava would become 70 years old. Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili together with Defence Minister Irakli Alasania, other members of Georgian Government and MPs paid a tribute to the memory of Zhiuli Shartava at Saburtalo Pantheon.
Zhiuli Shartava was Georgian politician, chairperson of the Abkhazian Autonomous Republic of Georgia, who was shot dead on the day of Fell of Sokhumi, in 1993 in Sokhumi by separatists.
- Two tourists die in avalanche in Mestia
Two tourists were killed, two others are missing and only one of the crew survived in an avalanche in Ushguli. The survived tourist contacted the rescue service for help in Ushguli. Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia has already confirmed the report about the death of tourists. Three of the group of tourists is the citizens of France and two are German nationals. They were extreme skiers and were skiing down on an unpaved track, when the avalanche slid. Mestia governor Kakha Zhorzholiani says their entry was registered in Mestia on March 2nd; yesterday the skiers were warned about the danger of avalanche, but they ignored the warning.
- Interpol starts to consider request of Ukraine`s government
Interpol is considering the request of the Ukraine`s government to issue an arrest warrant for ousted president Viktor Yanukovych. The international organization has received an official letter from the Ukraine`s government and will publish the order warrant on its website soon.
At the same time, the prosecutor`s office of Ukraine has launched investigation on two cases against the former president, who is suspected of misuse of power and connections with murders.
Meanwhile, Russian agencies are reporting that Yanukovich has been hospitalized with heart attack and his health state is critical currently.
- Parliaments adopts resolution on support to Ukraine
Parliament of Georgia has adopted the resolution on Ukraine - the draft resolution was proposed by the parliamentary majority. The majority and the minority debated on some points of the resolution during past two days, as the opposition was demanding insertion of the paragraph in the document on imposing sanctions to Russia.
Despite the resistance by the opposition, the ruling majority substituted the word `sanction` with the word `measures` and in the final version it was formed in a call for political, economic and diplomatic measures towards international community.
The paragraph initiated by the minority, which described the attempts of Russia on gaining spheres of influence in the region has been also removed by the majority MPs, but the address to the international society on solving the problem of Georgia`s de-occupation along with the solving the crisis of Ukraine towards the international community was included in the text. The resolution will be sent to international organizations.
- Georgian PM calls on Ukraine to ignore Saakashvili`s recommendations
Prime Minister of Georgia Irakli Gharibashvili calls on the Ukrainian government to ignore the recommendations by the ex-president of Georgia Mikheil Saakashvili. In the interview with Georgian Public Broadcaster, Prime Minister recollected the developments in Georgia in 2008 and said Saakashvili was the leader, who failed to avoid conflict with Russia, therefore, his instructions to Ukraine in such critical situation might turn out destructive.
`Saakashvili is the person, who failed to avoid war in 2008, promptly stuck on the provocation and we got what we got. I think it is a great mistake when you have this kind of adventurer advisor in a critical situation. I saw that Saakashvili did not arrive there alone. As I was told he is accompanied by his uncle, who by the way has a very interesting past, including his relation with Russian intelligence. As I know, he is a former colonel of the Russian KGB and as it is accepted, there are no formers in that system. I just want to give a friendly advice to these people not to believe in what he tells them, because, I am not sure his recommendations will be profitable. This is a person who could bring no good for his own people,` Gharibashvili said.
- Obama talks with Putin by phone on Ukraine
U.S. President Barack Obama has had another telephone conversation with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. The two leaders discussed the situation in Ukraine for over an hour. President Obama stressed to Russia`s president that his country`s actions in Crimea were a violation of Ukrainian sovereignty. He said there was a solution available that suited all parties, involving talks between Kiev and Moscow, international monitors in Ukraine and Russian forces returning to their bases.
In his turn, Putin said Russia could not ignore the appeal of the Crimean people on providing support to them.