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Resolution Adopted in Canadian Parliament Condemns Russian Occupation in Georgia

By Gvantsa Gabekhadze
Friday, February 1
The Defence Committee of the Canadian Parliament has adopted a resolution, which condemns the Russian illegal activities in Georgia, Ukraine and Moldova and urged the Canadian government to stand by the countries.

The resolution reads that Russia’s war in Georgia, as well as its illegal occupation of the two Georgian regions of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali (South Ossetia) since 2008, its illegal annexation of Crimea in 2014, its involvement in the conflict in eastern Ukraine since 2014 and its continued military activities along NATO’s eastern flank have raised concerns about its intentions in Central and Eastern Europe, as well as around the world.

In the recommendation part of the resolution, the committee urges the Canadian government.

To increase sanctions under the Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials Act (Sergei Magnitsky Law) against those connected to the ongoing aggression against Ukraine, Moldova, and Georgia.

To support the aspirations of Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia to join the NATO alliance in due course.

To negotiate defense cooperation agreements with Moldova and Georgia.

To support Ukraine, Moldova, and Georgia in their resistance to hybrid warfare attacks, specifically with regard to cyber-attacks on government systems and critical infrastructure, and in their resistance to the dissemination of foreign propaganda and disinformation through the media.

To demand the release of all Ukrainian, Moldovan and Georgian political prisoners being held by Russia.

To facilitate and strengthen parliamentary dialogue between Canada and Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine.

Two Georgian regions of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali have been recognized as independent states only by Russia, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Nauru and Syria since the Russia-Georgia 2008.

If the interim leadership of Venezuela comes to the power in the end, the country may revoke the recognition.