Earlier on Tuesday, the Georgian foreign ministry denounced Russia’s continued military build-up in the separatist regions.
“The Russian Federation has not implemented its international obligations despite constant calls from the international community… and has further reinforced its illegal military presence on the ground,” the ministry said in a statement.
In a statement issued on Tuesday, the EU’s foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said the “Russian military presence in both Abkhazia and South Ossetia continues to violate international law”.
She reiterated Europe’s “firm support of the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia” which she hailed as a “model of democratic stability in the region”.
Joining the chorus of international condemnation, the German foreign ministry called Russia’s recognition of the breakaway Georgian areas Abkhazia and South Ossetia “unacceptable.”
The 2008 war claimed the lives of hundreds of soldiers and civilians from both sides. The UN said around 120,000 people were displaced during the war, though most returned to their homes afterwards.
Up to 18,500 ethnic Georgians were forcibly displaced from South Ossetia, according to prosecutors from the International Criminal Court which in 2016 opened an investigation into war crimes committed during the conflict.
Russia and separatist authorities in Abkhazia and South Ossetia have rejected repeated calls from the UN General Assembly for the “safe and dignified return to their homes”.