President of Swiss Confederation is in Ergneti village
The President of the Swiss Confederation, Didier Burkhalter has arrived in the villages adjacent to the occupied Tskhinvali Region today. President Burkhalter will also attend the 45th meeting of the Incident Prevention and Response Mechanism Group - a quadripartite working group, which discusses the developments in the occupied region once a month. Didier Burkhalter is getting familiarized with the specifics of the work of this group. The participants of the meeting plan to discuss the fate of the peaceful civilians held in the Tskhinvali prison. Didier Burkhalter arrived in Georgia yesterday. Within the official visit, the President of the Swiss Confederation will hold meetings with the president of Georgia, Prime Minister, Foreign Minister and deputy speaker of the parliament.
The autumn session of the parliament of Georgia opens with a meeting of the bureau, this time in Tbilisi. The Tbilisi office of the parliament was reconstructed and the lawmakers have moved from Kutaisi to the capital, however, the parliament speaker says the major sessions will be held in Kutaisi office sometimes.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has slammed the NATO Secretary General for his statements made on Ukraine`s crisis. Lavrov says that the statements made by Rasmussen on Ukraine`s crisis mostly exceed his competence.
Russia plans to alter its military strategy - deputy secretary of Russia Security Council Mikheil Popov has said. Popov defined that the developments in Ukraine and NATO`s presence in Eastern Europe, as well as its anti-missile defence plan makes Russia change the military doctrine and make it more precise.
Four convicts at the Kutaisi prison have gone on hunger strike. Reportedly, one of them has even sewed his mouth and eyes in protest. The protestors call for the prosecutor`s office to revise their cases, asserting they are not guilty in the crimes, for which they were convicted.
Three peaceful residents of the Shida Kartli Region, who were arrested last week by the Russian occupants for alleged crossing of the so-called border line of the occupied Tskhinvali Region, have been released today.