Kerry, Rasmussen urge Ukraine to listen to its people
NATO`s Rasmussen and U.S.`s Kerry urge the Ukraine government to uphold freedom of expression and listen to its people after the country`s decision to spurn closer ties with the European Union under pressure from Russia - Rasmussen and Kerry made this statement at the briefing held in Brussels yesterday. Anders Fogh Rasmussen has called on all parties to abstain from provocations. `We condemn the use of excessive force against peaceful demonstrators in Ukraine. We call on all parties to refrain from provocations and violence. We urge Ukraine, as the holder of the Chairmanship in Office of the OSCE, to fully abide by its international commitments and to uphold the freedom of expression and assembly,` said NATO`s Secretary General. The developments in Ukraine were reflected in a joint statement adopted by the NATO Foreign Ministers in Brussels. Kerry has also slammed Ukraine`s president saying he took a decision on European integration only based on his personal interests. He also expressed his desire to visit Ukraine after the country returned to its European way.
Russian helicopters have violated Georgian airspace - several helicopters flew over the Georgian controlled territory from the occupied Tskhinvali Region yesterday and from the occupied Abkhazia today.
President of Georgia paid tribute to the memory of Georgian national hero, Zhiuli Shartava on his 70th anniversary. Giorgi Margvelashvili announced at the memorial today that by commemorating Zhiuli Shartava, he was also paying tribute to all, who fell in the tragedy of Abkhazia.
Today the first National Hero of independent Georgia – Zhiuli Shartava would become 70 years old. Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili together with Defence Minister Irakli Alasania, other members of Georgian Government and MPs paid a tribute to the memory of Zhiuli Shartava at Saburtalo Pantheon.
Two tourists were killed, two others are missing and only one of the crew survived in an avalanche in Ushguli. The survived tourist contacted the rescue service for help in Ushguli. Ministry of Internal Affairs of Georgia has already confirmed the report about the death of tourists.
Interpol is considering the request of the Ukraine`s government to issue an arrest warrant for ousted president Viktor Yanukovych. The international organization has received an official letter from the Ukraine`s government and will publish the order warrant on its website soon.