Occupied territories of Georgia are the territories occupied by Russia after the Russo-Georgian War in 2008. They consist of the regions of Abkhazia and the former South Ossetian Autonomous Oblast, after the 2008 war, Russian military bases were established in Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Russia does not allow the European Union Monitoring Mission to enter either Abkhazia or South Ossetia, Russia has signed agreements with the de facto civilian administrations of both territories to integrate them militarily and economically into Russia. Both Abkhazia and South Ossetia are widely recognised as parts of the Georgia. The Georgian Law on Occupied Territories of Georgia, adopted in 2008, criminalises and prosecutes entry into Abkhazia, the Georgian law also prohibits any economic and financial activities in the occupied territories. Georgia and a part of the international community regard Abkhazia and South Ossetia as occupied territories and have condemned the Russian military presence. After the Russo-Georgian War, on 26 August 2008, the Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed decrees recognising the independence of Abkhazia, the Georgian parliament unanimously passed a resolution on 28 August 2008 formally declaring Abkhazia and South Ossetia Russian-occupied territories, and calling Russian troops occupying forces. Russia established diplomatic relations with both Abkhazia and South Ossetia, Russian troops were placed in both Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that a presence in Abkhazia. Russian security forces were deployed along the lines with Georgia. Russians gradually withdrew from Georgia proper after the war, but they remained in Perevi, on 12 December 2008, Russian forces withdrew from Perevi. Eight hours later, a 500-strong Russian contingent re-occupied the village, all Russian troops in Perevi withdrew to South Ossetia on 18 October 2010 and a Georgian Army unit moved in. In 2009, Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili mentioned in several addresses the fact that Russia was staying 40 kilometers away from Georgias capital, Tbilisi, and aimed weapons at it. Mamuka Areshidze, a Caucasus affairs expert, said that the back could have been conditioned with the Georgian authorities willingness to prevent clashes with Russians. In March 2011, the Russians demanded village Aibga, situated on the Psou River in the northwest part of Abkhazia, during the existence of the Soviet Union, the village was divided into two, the southern part belonged to Georgia and the northern part to Russia. It is claimed that Russia further demanded 160 sq. kilometres of land near Lake Ritsa in Gagra District, after the Abkhaz side proved that the southern part of Aibga belonged to the Georgian SSR, the claim on the village was dropped by Russia. On 11 June 2014, Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili generated controversy when he told the BBC News that Russia was not interested in annexing Abkhazia, the opposition United National Movement criticised this statement, accusing Garibashvili of failing to defend state interests on the international arena. Russia signed alliance and integration agreements with Abkhazia in November 2014, the border between Russia and South Ossetia was also effectively dissolved, with customs being integrated
A Georgian villager is left beyond the barbed-wire fence installed by the Russian troops along the South Ossetia–Georgia demarcation line in September 2013.
One of the bridges connecting Abkhazia with the rest of Georgia dismantled by the Abkhaz-Russian border troops in April 2016.
Foreign Minister of Estonia, Sven Mikser, greeting a Georgian man left behind a barbwire fence installed by the Russian military at the village of Khurvaleti in April 2017.
Georgian administrative divisions are outlined in black. Russian-occupied territories (Abkhazia and South Ossetia) are shown in pink.