Washington calls on Moscow to pull troops out of parts of Georgia and honor a 2008 cease-fire that ended conflict there, the US State Department said.
Moscow and Tbilisi traded insults Monday, the third anniversary of a Russian military response to Georgia’s invasion of the separatist republic of South Ossetia in 2008. The conflict spilled over to engulf forces from Abkhazia, another separatist region.
Mark Toner, a spokesman for the U.S. State Department, reminded Russia that it was obliged under a 2008 cease-fire to pull its forces back to pre-conflict positions and open the areas to humanitarian assistance.
“We strongly support Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders,” he said.