- Scuffles have broken out in the center of the Georgian capital at a rally aimed at restoring Tbilisi’s diplomatic ties with Russia, after activists from a Western-positioned NGO tried to sabotage the action.
- In August 2008, the President of Georgia, in breach of the UN Charter and in violation of other international obligations and commitments, started a conflict which resulted in the loss of civilian lives and destruction.
- Despite the South Ossetian war of 2008, close religious and human ties remain between Georgia and Russia, Patriarch of Georgia Ilia II told RT. He expressed hope that politicians in the two Orthodox states will “find a way out of the dead end.”
- Russia announced it has no plans to hold talks with Georgia, or anyone else, on the future of the independent republics of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.
- Moscow hopes that the victory of the opposition bloc Georgian Dream will allow it to begin the normalization of relations with Tbilisi, Russia’s Foreign Ministry spokesman stated.
- A former Chechen militant has accused Georgia of training a network of Islamic terrorists, claiming that a recent anti-terrorist mission on the border with Russia was in fact a pseudo-operation targeting Georgian-trained jihadists.
- Russian officials are calling on international rights groups to evaluate the abuse of prisoners in Georgia, while Tbilisi sees a Russian hand in the scandal.
- As Tbilisi continues to cozy up to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Moscow is concerned the relationship may result in Georgia again provoking tension with Russia.
- Russia had drawn up a plan to counter a Georgian attack long before the August 2008 conflict in the Caucasus, President Vladimir Putin says.
- Four years on after the August 2008 war in the Caucasus, Georgian authorities are still considering seeking revenge and using force against South Ossetia and Abkhazia, says the Russian Foreign Ministry.
- The Republic of Abkhazia’s return to Georgian control is impossible, believes the country’s Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Chirikba.
- The Foreign Ministry has recommended Russian citizens to refrain from travelling to Georgia since their security might be at risk in the former Soviet republic.