September 7, 1996: Georgia revolts, cuts ties with USSR
1991 – Georgia, angry that the Soviet Union’s new governing body accepted the Baltic states’ independence but not its own, has announced it is severing all relations with the Kremlin. “Georgia breaks off its official relations with the USSR at all levels,” said Akaki Assatiani, speaker of the Georgian parliament. He said he failed to receive a “sufficiently grounded answer” when he demanded to know why the State Council did not recognise Georgia’s independence when it had just recognised the Baltic States’ secession. “Any economic or defence-related agreements with the USSR are out of the question now,” Assatiani said. He said the Soviet Army divisions on Georgian territory will be identified as a foreign army or an occupation force from now on. Assatiani said Georgia would soon withdraw its representatives from all Soviet bodies. The move came at a time when demonstrations against the government of Georgian President Zviad Gamsakhurdia are taking place daily in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi.
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