An international fact-finding mission headed by Swiss diplomat Heidi Tagliavini concludes that Georgia started the 2008 South Ossetia war.
The report, commissioned by the Council of the European Union, was prepared by a group of 30 European military, legal and history experts under the head of the Swiss diplomat Heidi Tagliavini.
The report states that the war was started by the Georgian attack “that was not justified by international law”. The report says comission found no evidence to the Georgia’s claims of being invaded by Russia prior to launching an attack on South Ossetia.
The report, however, states that the Russian reaction to the Georgian attack was disproportionate. The report also claims Mikheil Saakashvili ordered the attack despite warnings from the United States not to provoke military confrontation with the Russian Federation. Read More…
International recognition of Abkhazia and South Ossetia independence began on August 26, 2008 when the President of Russia Dmitry Medvedev recognized the two breakaway Georgian provinces amidst the ceasefire during the 2008 South Ossetia war and appealed to all other countries to follow this step.
Abkhazia and South Ossetia have unilaterally proclaimed independence from the Georgian SSR and Georgia several times since 1990 and have recognized each other since November 17, 2006.