Georgia says breakaway region’s referendum on joining Russia ‘unacceptable’ – TASS

FILE PHOTO: NATO Foreign Ministers summit in Riga
FILE PHOTO: Georgia's Foreign Minister David Zalkaliani speaks at the NATO Foreign Ministers summit in Riga, Latvia December 1, 2021. REUTERS/Ints Kalnins/File Photo

March 31, 2022

(Reuters) – Georgian Foreign Minister David Zalkaliani said on Thursday that talk of a referendum in the Georgian breakaway region of South Ossetia on joining Russia was unacceptable, TASS news agency reported.

The separatist president of South Ossetia said on Wednesday that the territory would take steps in the near future to become part of Russia – which has recognised it as independent, provided it with extensive financial help, offered its people Russian passports and stationed troops there.

(Reporting by Reuters; Editing by Kevin Liffey)