Representatives of the international community respond to the killing of a Georgian citizen by the Russian occupation forces.
The EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, the Vice President of the European Commission, Josep Borrell, states that Russia’s military presence in the occupied separatist regions of Georgia – Abkhazia and South Ossetia – is illegal.
“The EU strongly condemns the killing of a Georgian citizen and the detention of another one by the Russian border guards in Kirbali. We call for an immediate release,” Borrell tweeted.
The EU strongly condemns the killing of a Georgian citizen and the detention of another one by the Russian border guards in Kirbali. We call for an immediate release.
Russian military presence in the Georgian occupied breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia is illegal.
The Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Marija Pejčinović Burić, is also demanding the return of the detained Georgian citizen.
“Saddened by deadly shooting of a Georgian citizen by Russian officers close to ABL of the Georgian region of Tshkinvali/South Ossetia. Condolences to the familly & Georgian autorities. Calling for the release of a second abducted,” she wrote.
“Russia kills,” wrote Viola von Cramon, the European parliamentarian on X.
“It kills in Ukraine, Syria, and, of course, in Georgia. Georgia has 200 years of experience under occupation to know that appeasing a bully never works. Only by standing together against evil can we defeat it. My condolences to the family of yet another victim of Russia,” she wrote.
Russia kills. It kills in Ukraine, Syria &, of course, in Georgia. 🇬🇪 has 200 years of experience under 🇷🇺occupation to know that appeasing a bully never works. Only by standing together against evil can we defeat it. My condolences to the family of yet another victim of 🇷🇺 https://t.co/fbM7nZACPU
“Tragic news from Kirbali. Responsibility fully lies with the occupying power for this heinous act. Only the full ending of Russian occupation of Georgian territories can ensure that such despicable incident is not repeated ever again,” wrote Miriam M. Lexmann, Member of the European Parliament of the “European People’s Party” (EPP).
UK Ambassador to Georgia Mark Clayton writes that he is shocked by the killing of Tamaz Ginturi by Russian forces.
“I offer my condolences to his family and relatives. “Russia should end its illegal presence on Georgian territory and release all detainees,” the ambassador said.
The statement was also issued by the Embassy of Estonia in Georgia.
“We strongly condemn the fatal incident that happened near the Georgian occupation line, the murder of a Georgian citizen! The use of force by the border guards of the Russian Federation is unacceptable. We sympathize with the family of the deceased!” – said in the statement.
The US State Department has condemned the killing of Georgian citizen Tamaz Ginturi by Russian occupation forces, saying the death is a clear example of the devastation caused by Russia’s occupation of Georgia’s sovereign territory.
On November 6, 2023, near the village of Kirbali, Gori municipality, in the occupied territory, during the attempt to illegally detain a local resident, a Georgian citizen was killed as a result of shooting by the Russian occupying forces, and another citizen was illegally detained.
The so-called security service of occupied Tskhinvali responded to the killing of a Georgian citizen by the Russian occupation forces in the vicinity of Kirbali by saying that the so-called border violators were drunk and resisted the “border guards” during their arrest.