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Monday, February 2
De-facto Tskhinvali sends draft agreement to Moscow

De-facto leaders of Georgia’s breakaway Tskhinvali region (South Ossetia) have sent a draft treaty on alliance and integration between Moscow and Tskhinvali to Russia.

De-facto President of Tskhinvali region Leonid Tibilov said "The joint workgroup of South Ossetia and Russia has completed work on the draft agreement and the document has been sent to Moscow”.

Tskhinvali region is a Russian-occupied region in northeast Georgia. The self-proclaimed region was recognized as independent by Russia following the five-day Russia-Georgia war in the summer of 2008.

Soon after Moscow signed treaty on "alliance and strategic partnership” with Georgia’s another breakaway region of Abkhazia in late November, 2014 Tskhinvali’s de-facto leader also expressed interest in signing a similar agreement with Russia.

The draft agreement between the Tskhinvali region and Russia, which was assessed as "violation of the international law” by the global community, was comprised of 15 paragraphs.

The draft agreement with South Ossetia outlined much deeper integration of the region with Russia than the one signed between Moscow and Sokhumi. In particularly, it outlined defence, security, law enforcement and customs agencies of the breakaway region should become part of relevant ministries and agencies of the Russian Federation.

However, the border crossing point at Roki tunnel, which links the breakaway region with Russia, will be removed.

Once the document is signed, people living in the both occupied regions are expected to receive Russian passports.

Tbilisi assessed this move as "Russia’s annexation of the Georgian regions” and called on international society to properly react to this "violation”.

“The more projects we implement the closer we get to NATO”

The more projects we implement, the closer we get to NATO, Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili said on Friday at a joint press conference with NATO Deputy Secretary General, Ambassador Alexander Vershbow.

“This visit will be followed by a number of other visits aiming to speed up the implementation of the substantive package of measures granted to Georgia at the NATO summit in Wales last year. These measures include the establishment of a Joint Training and Evaluation Centre and other projects”, Margvelashvili said.

Giorgi Margvelashvili thanked Mr. Vershbow for his visit to Georgia.

Kyrgyz citizen sentenced to imprisonment for 14 years on trafficking charge

Batumi City Court has concluded the hearing of the case of Kyrgyz citizen Nasibakhon Abdullaeva.

Nasibakhon Abdullaeva was charged with trafficking citizens of the Republic of Kyrgyzstan, including minor U.A.

In April 2013, by promising a highly-paid job, N. Abdullaeva brought minor U.A. from Kyrgyzstan to Batumi, seized the latter’s passport, restricted U.A.’s right to freedom of movement, and by the threat of physical assault and violence sexually exploited the victim.

On January 31, 2015, Batumi City court found Nasibakhon Abdullaeva totally guilty of trafficking and sentenced her to imprisonment for 14 years.

Protesters clash with police in Zugdidi

Presentation of Bacho Akhalaia’s book “Sokhumi is my Jerusalem” was met with protest in Zugdidi, Samegrelo region.

A clash took place between protesters and police, - Imedi TV reports.

Several people, including a police officer, were hurt in the incident. Reports say two people were detained.

The protesters tried several times to break through a police cordon and invade the building where the presentation was underway, though the officers did not allow them to approach the building, which then led to the clash.