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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Russia Denounces Georgia Resolution

The Foreign Ministry on Thursday denounced a resolution by the Georgian parliament threatening to shut down Russia's military bases in Georgia and demanding that Moscow get tougher with Abkhazian separatists.

The ministry said the resolution, adopted earlier this month, amounted to an attempt to "revise the whole complex of Georgian-Russian relations." The Georgian lawmakers said the presence of the Russian armed forces in Georgia "has no legal basis" and should be related to Moscow's efforts to guarantee a settlement in Abkhazia and restoration of Georgian jurisdiction over the area.

Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze later endorsed parliament's stance, but said through a spokesman that Georgia has no plans "to change the policy of strategic partnership with Russia."

The Foreign Ministry, in Thursday's statement cited by Itar-Tass, said the Georgian parliament appeared to question the need for the Russian peacekeepers' presence in Abkhazia and Moscow's ability to mediate the conflict.