USA: US urges Russia to withdraw forces from Abkhazia and South Ossetia

SOT, Journalist: «And if I can follow up. Would [the] US support Georgia to join NATO?» SOT, Heather Nauert, US State Department Spokesperson: «That's something that, NATO took a decision about that at the Bucharest Summit, I believe it was back in 2008, that Georgia will become a member of NATO. I know there's certain things that have to be done, I don't have any additional details on that, but... Еще my understanding is that is in train right now.» SOT, Journalist: «Did this come up in Helsinki? Did the President [Trump] raise this issue with Vladimir Putin?» SOT, Heather Nauert, US State Department Spokesperson: «I'm not sure, I can't speak to that, I'd have to refer you to the White House on that.» US State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert called on Russia to «withdraw its forces» from Abkhazia and South Ossetia during a White House press briefing in Washington DC, Tuesday. «Our position on the Russian-occupied Georgia regions of Abkhazia and also South Ossetia is unwavering, that remains unwavering today. The regions are part of Georgia, they are not part of Russia,» states Nauert. «The United States urges Russia to withdraw its forces to the pre-invasion war positions, per the 2008 ceasefire agreement,» she added. Commenting on whether the US will support Georgia to become a member of NATO, Nauert stated that NATO made a decision on the matter during the 2008 Bucharest Summit, adding that «Georgia will become a member of NATO.»

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