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NATO Regrets Over Putin's Visit to Abkhazia - Alliance's Acting Spokesperson

12 August, 2017, 00:13 | Author: Priscilla Morrison
  • Putin vows continued Russian support for Georgia's rebel Abkhazia

The Abkhaz Foreign Ministry has described Georgian top officials' response to Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to Abkhazia on August 8 as "pretty nervous".

"The most important thing is that we have entirely special relations with Abkhazia", news agencies reported Putin as saying as he met with Khajimba in the Black Sea resort of Pitsunda.

"President Putin's visit to the Abkhazia region of Georgia - on the ninth anniversary of the armed conflict - is detrimental to worldwide efforts to find a peaceful and negotiated settlement", the spokesman, Dylan White, said in a statement. He reportedly added: "We reliably guarantee the security, self-sufficiency, and independence of Abkhazia. I am sure that this will continue in the future". Russian Federation has moved to effectively incorporate the regions in its own military command, which Georgia considers another step in an ongoing occupation of its territory.

As a result of the war, Russian Federation recognized the independence of both South Ossetia and Abkhazia, thus making their reintegration into Georgia much less likely than it was before the war, analyst said. Only a few countries followed Russia's lead.




Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili called the visit "A violation of worldwide law". At a press conference, Putin also said that Russian Federation and Abkhazia needed to find ways to grow the region's economy and create jobs, and that these matters would be a topic of discussions during his visit.

Saakashvili recklessly escalated the low-level conflict in South Ossetia and triggered a war with Russia by shelling Tskhinval, where Russian troops were stationed in a peacekeeping role, Larison stressed.

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