March 18, 2015 / 4:23 PM / in 3 years

Russian treaty with South Ossetia breaks international law: NATO

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Russia’s new treaty with Georgia’s breakaway South Ossetia region breaks international law and hampers efforts to strengthen regional security, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Wednesday.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg leaves after a joint news conference with Spanish Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo (not pictured) at the Foreign Ministry in Madrid March 12, 2015. REUTERS/Juan Medina (SPAIN - Tags: POLITICS MILITARY)

Stoltenberg said the agreement ”violates Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and blatantly contradicts the principles of international law, OSCE principles and Russia’s international commitments.

“This so-called treaty is yet another move by the Russian Federation that hampers ongoing efforts by the international community to strengthen security and stability in the region,” Stoltenberg said in a statement, adding that NATO did not recognize the treaty.

Reporting by Adrian Croft; editing by Philip Blenkinsop

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