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The President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe condemns Russia-South Ossetia

Following the Russian Federation's signature of the so-called "treaty on alliance and integration" with the South Ossetia region in the Republic of Georgia, the President of the Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe, Jean-Claude Frécon, made the following statement on the fringes of the Congress session in Strasbourg: 

"I deeply deplore this provocative initiative: one year after illegally annexing Crimea and Sevastopol and less than six months after signing a similar "treaty" with Abkhazia, another Georgian region, the Russian Federation is committing a further transgression by signing a text which, once again, gravely violates the territorial integrity and sovereignty of a Council of Europe member State and all the international commitments entered into by Russia when joining the Council of Europe. This initiative threatens the stability of an entire region of Europe and is yet another example of Russian interference on the territory of its neighbours. We ask Russia to definitively desist from exerting this kind of pressure on its neighbours."

The Congress of Local and Regional Authorities of the Council of Europe had already spoken out on 3 December 2014 to criticize the signing of a "treaty" with Abkhazia, a region of the Republic of Georgia.