Disinfo: Tbilisi, Brussels and Washington orchestrate massive information attack against South Ossetia


The goal of the “Tsnelisi provocation” is to destroy the concept of South Ossetia’s border. A massive information attack orchestrated by Georgia, the EU and the USA against South Ossetia is another attempt by Tbilisi, Brussels and Washington to question the political consequences of the war in August 2008. Supported by its Western partners, Georgia is refusing to accept the consequences of its provocative actions. The country is refusing to sign a document on the non-use of force and is preparing its forces for a military conflict. The aim of South Ossetia is to put an end to Tbilisi’s aggression even by joining the Russian Federation.


Recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation narrative targeting the EU's monitoring mission in Georgia (EUMM), aiming to undermine its international credibility.

The Tsnelisi  incident took place on October 24 when the EUMM monitors had been detained by South Ossetian security actors. The EU Monitoring Mission released a statement noting that the incident "happened in an area understood to be on Tbilisi-Administered Territory in accordance with the traditional interpretation of the Administrative Boundary Line in that area."  See previous disinformation case accusing EU observers of border violation and provocation.

In 2010 Georgia signed a unilateral declaration on the non-use of force and demanded the same from Russia as Georgia considers Russia as a conflict party. Russia refuses to sign a bilateral agreement and demands Georgia to sign the declaration on the non-use of force with South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

The US and the EU remain firmly committed to their policy of supporting Georgia’s territorial integrity within its internationally recognised borders as well as engagement with the breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia in support of longer-term conflict resolution.


  • Reported in: Issue 174
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 15/11/2019
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: US, Georgia
  • Keywords: South Ossetia, EU


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