The Ministry of Foreign Affairs said Latvia joined Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Canada, Estonia, Finland, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Romania, Sweden, Ukraine, the United Kingdom and the United States of America in saying it "did not recognize the legitimacy of the so-called ‘presidential elections’ held in Georgia’s Abkhazia region by the de facto authorities in Sokhumi on August 25, 2019, and will not acknowledge their outcome."
"Similarly, we do not recognize the legitimacy or outcome of the so-called ‘parliamentary elections’ held in Georgia’s South Ossetia/Tskhinvali region on June 9, 2019," it added, while reiterating full support for the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Georgia within its internationally recognized borders.
Under the 2008 ceasefire agreement between Russia and Georgia, Russia is supposed to withdraw its forces to pre-conflict positions and provide free access for humanitarian assistance to the occupied Georgian regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, which Russia has recognized as independent states.
Instead, Russian forces remain in place and the situation has even worsened with so-called "borderisation" incidents, which recently brought more objections from the European Union and was also backed by Latvian Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs.
Statement of the EU Delegation to Georgia in agreement with EU Heads of Mission in Georgia on borderisation activities in the area of Gugutiantkari village ➡️ https://t.co/m9AW1DAD1N pic.twitter.com/CJ4xlJ4aHk— EU Delegation Georgia (@EUinGeorgia) August 20, 2019