EU observers are passive when it comes to Georgia’s provocations

Summary

The European Observers are completely passive and detached in relation to Georgia’s provocative actions at the South Ossetian border.

The President of South Ossetia, Anatoly Bibilov, directly addressed the co-chairs of the Geneva discussions, representatives of the EU observers’ mission in Georgia, and asked for decisive measures to be taken with Tbilisi to evade the real danger of a military conflict. However, there was no response. Georgia acts with the connivance of its Western partners.

Disproof

This message is a part of a larger pro-Kremlin disinformation campaign against the EU's monitoring mission in Georgia (EUMM), which aims to undermine the international credibility of the mission by questioning its impartiality.

EUMM is an unarmed civilian monitoring mission of the European Union, deployed in September 2008 following the EU-mediated Six Point Agreement which ended the August war. The EUMM has been patrolling areas adjacent to the Administrative Boundary Lines with Abkhazia and South Ossetia day and night ever since, to ensure that there is no return to hostilities and to facilitate resumption of normal life for communities on the both sides of  Administrative Boundary Lines.

De facto authorities of Abkhazia and South Ossetia have so far denied the EUMM access to the territories under their control.

See previous disinformation message alleging that the EUMM observers violated the administrative boundary line here. See other disinformation narratives against EUMM here.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 174
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 14/11/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: EU, Georgia
  • Keywords: South Ossetia
  • Outlet: Sputnik Ossetia
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