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Washington, D.C. — Representatives Michael McCaul, Republican Leader of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, and Eliot Engel, the Committee’s Chairman, today made the following statement on the anniversary of the Russian Invasion of Georgia:

“Twelve years after Russia’s reckless invasion, its occupation of South Ossetia and Abkhazia and persistent interference in Georgian domestic politics continue. These actions were unacceptable in 2008 and they are unacceptable now.

“The Georgian people have striven and sacrificed to build a more democratic nation and Georgia has proven to be a critical partner to the United States and NATO, especially in Afghanistan. We must continue to wholeheartedly support the sovereignty of Georgia, Ukraine, and all our partners that suffer the brunt of Putin’s hostile actions abroad.”

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