KYIV (QHA) -

To the 10th anniversary of Russia's aggression against Georgia, Ukraine, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland declared support for the independence and territorial integrity of the Caucasian country.

The joint statement of the four countries says that ten years after its military aggression, Russia has not yet fulfilled its obligations towards Georgia, stipulated in the framework of the August 12, 2008 ceasefire agreement.

"Our commitment to the values of freedom, democracy and the rule of law as well as our respect for the rights of each individual and for every country’s sovereign choice is as firm as it was ten years ago. We reiterate that all states, including Georgia, have the right to freely determine their foreign policy and their alliances," the statement said.

The four countries noted that the Georgian regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia are still de facto occupied by Russia, and the creeping annexation of the territory of Georgia continues.

“Fences, signifying the so called ‘border’, are being erected, and the movement of Georgian people within their country is being impeded… We deplore these efforts and will never recognize their consequences. The human rights situation in these regions continues to deteriorate; ethnic Georgians are being discriminated and their cultural heritage traces are being erased," the statement said.

Reference: in August 2008, the Russian Federation attacked Georgia. As a result of the "August war", the Russian Federation occupied Abkhazia and South Ossetia. The international community condemned the aggression of the Russian Federation.

QHA reported that on July 19, Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke about the "consequences" that might come if Ukraine and Georgia join NATO. According to him, the deployment of NATO bases and military infrastructure is allegedly carried out near the Russian borders.

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