Ambassador Kelly and Prime Minister Kvirikashvili at Start Up Georgia (August 25)

Ambassador Kelly meets Prime Minister Kvirikashvili.
Photo: Kvirikashvili Official
Ambassador Kelly meets Prime Minister Kvirikashvili.

Ambassador Kelly and Prime Minister Kvirikashvili at Start Up Georgia

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Ambassador Kelly’s Comments to the Media after the event

Question about Russian soldiers taking harvest of Georgian farmers and closing of “border” with South Ossetia

Well you know I was very pleased to participate in this event tonight because I think that what it shows is that the twenty-first century world is a world without borders.  The internet has no borders and it is really a shame—and shameful—that in this modern era that new borders are being put up, barbed wire, separation between peoples—we do not recognize these borders and we don’t recognize the border closings, we don’t recognize closing of borders that shouldn’t even be there.  I think our views on this are pretty clear.

Q: Several days ago Russia started military exercises in the occupation areas.  How would you comment on that?

A: Well I think that first of all we don’t believe the Russian forces should be there at all, that Russia should abide by the cease-fire agreement of 2008 which called for the withdraw of all forces to their original lines.  Having said that, we are of course concerned by exercises of this size and I think that of course anytime you have military exercises it’s important to have transparency and predictability.  And I would hope that these exercises would be marked by such transparency and bilateral communication.