Georgia condemns Russian occupation at military drills with NATO

Georgia reminded that part of its territory is occupied by Russia in a statement opening two weeks of military drills with nine NATO member states.

Canadian-British news agency Reuters reported on Wednesday, August 1, that Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili, at an opening ceremony, stated: «Today you are standing on the territory of a country, twenty percent of which is absolutely illegally occupied by our neighbour Russia.»

Approximately 1,300 soldiers from Georgia, 1,170 from the United States and several hundred from eight other NATO member countries, as well as Ukraine, Armenia and Azerbaijan joined in the Noble Partner exercises held in Georgia for the fourth time.

Meanwhile, Russia is holding its own military manoeuvres in the North Caucasus region, which borders Georgia.

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