Georgia decides on issue of Baku-Supsa oil pipeline – ambassador
Monday, August 10
For today, the issue of the transfer of non-recognized borders of Georgia's separatist region of South Ossetia, which has affected the Baku-Supsa pipeline, is fully resolved, Georgian Ambassador to Azerbaijan Teymuraz Sharashenidze told reporters August 7.
“The borders of [the breakaway region] can be transferred illegally, we consider such action as a provocation of those who are interested in creating tensions, particularly in the Georgian-Azerbaijani relations,” said Sharashenidze.
In addition, according to the ambassador, Georgia has other methods to protect the route of the pipeline as well.
Earlier, the Deputy Prime minister of Georgia, Minister of Energy Kakha Kaladze, said that if problems with the Baku-Supsa pipeline occur, the government will use the alternative project.
“Construction of a new 1500-1600-meter area is the case,” said Kaladze.
Large-scale military action was launched between Georgia and Russia in South Ossetia on August 8, 2008.
Later, Russian troops occupied Tskhinvali and expelled the Georgian military.
Russia recognized the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia in late August. In response, Tbilisi ended diplomatic relations with Moscow and has called the two unrecognized republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia occupied territories.