Abkhazia and South Ossetia are routinely described by the Georgian government, the U.S. and NATO as occupied territories.

Ukrainian National Guard Chief Visits Georgia

Commander of Ukrainian National Guard, Colonel General Mykola Balan has met Chief of Georgian Defense Forces Major General Giorgi Matiashvili, among others, as part of a two-day visit to Tbilisi.

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Colonel General Balan on his part expressed interest to train National Guard servicemen at the NATO-Georgia Joint Training and Evaluation Center and the Sachkhere Mountain Training School, reported the Ukrainian Interior Ministry.

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Russian Delegation Visits Sokhumi

Russian Deputy Economy Minister Dmitry Volvach and Deputy Energy Minister Evgeniy Grabchak arrived in Sokhumi on September 2, where they met with Moscow-backed Abkhaz leader Aslan Bzhania and “prime minister” Alexander Ankvab, among others.