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Translated by Ollie Richardson


The law on the budget for 2017 – approved by the US Congress on May 5th and entered into force after it was signed by the President Donald Trump on May 6th – was regarded in Georgia as official recognition by the US of the “occupations” of Abkhazia and South Ossetia by Russia.

Thus, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia regards this document, explaining that for the first time in the law on the US budget, in the subchapter about “Russian aggression”, it mentions Georgia with the subtitle “Occupation of the Georgian territories of Abkhazia and the Tskhinvali region”.

According to the law, the governments of those countries that recognized the independence of the “occupied-by-Russia Abkhazia and the Tskhinvali region” or established diplomatic relations with Abkhazia or South Ossetia won’t be able to receive financing from the US.

The law on the budget urges the US State Department to publish in due time a list of such countries on the website of the department. The same law forbids the allocation of financing for “support of the occupation by Russia of Abkhazia and the Tskhinvali region” (including loans, credits, and guarantees), as it violates the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia.

In the document it is also said that within 90 days of the law entering into force the US Secretary of State must submit to the relevant committee of Congress a report on the actions of Russia connected with the “occupation of Abkhazia and the Tskhinvali region”, with a calculation of probable expenses.

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