: Georgia celebrates 25th anniversary of independence

12:26 May. 26, 2016

Georgia celebrates 25th anniversary of independence

Georgian troops take part in a military parade marking Independence Day in Tbilisi, Georgia, May 26, 2014. (AP Photo)

In 1991 Georgia managed to regain its independence after the collapse of the U.S.S.R.

On May 26 Georgia marks the 25th anniversary of its independence from the Soviet Union.

A major public celebration is already underway in capital Tbilisi, while other festive events are being held as well in 12 other self-governing cities of Georgia.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry sent his congratulations on behalf of President Obama and the American people, saying that Georgia is "a leading example of democratic progress in the region."

Kerry added that May 26 marks a quarter century of friendship and strategic partnership between the US and Georgia.

Read also: NATO prepares to offer Georgia and Ukraine an 'Association Partnership'

For the first time the country declared its national independence from Russia, and the creation of the Democratic Republic of Georgia on May 26, 1918.

However Georgia's independence was short-lived. In 1921 the country was re-invaded by Russia's Bolshevik Army and absorbed into the Soviet Union.

70 years on, in 1991 Georgia managed to regain its independence after the collapse of the U.S.S.R.

However, May 26 made it into history as a symbolic date of the nation's independence, so Georgia celebrates Independence Day on this day.

Reporting by agenda.ge


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