At the latest round of the Geneva International Discussions for security and stability in the South Caucasus, which are regularly held in accordance with the Medvedev-Sarkozy agreement reached immediately after the August 2008 war, three delegations stressed the need to adopt a joint statement on non-use of force. However, the counterproductive position of the Georgian side has again thwarted progress on this issue.
Recurring pro-Kremlin Russian narrative accusing Tbilisi of starting the August 2008 war with Russia on Georgia’s own territory.
Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili made a statement on Georgia’s unilateral commitment not to use force as early as in November 2010, when he addressed the European Parliament. The Georgian Parliament in March 2013 and President Giorgi Margvelashvili in May 2016 both reiterated the commitment to peaceful resolution of conflict and unilateral non-use of force pledge.
A commitment not to use armed force became relevant after Russia’s military aggression against Georgia in August 2008. However, Russia has not assumed an obligation not to use force, although it is required to so in the Medvedev-Sarkozy agreement.