Contents tagged with Abkhazia

  • ‘President’ of Abkhazia resigns after meeting with Putin’s aide Surkov

    Raul Khajimba, the so-called “President” of Russia-occupied Abkhazia, a part of Georgia, has handed in his resignation.

    “Yes, I’ve resigned,” Khajimba told Interfax on the evening of Sunday, January 12. He did not specify, however, whether he would be running in the snap “elections”.

    The so-called “president” made his statement in the wake of mass protests and visits by senior Kremlin envoys to Sokhumi.

    On January 12, Russian Presidential Aide Vladislav Surkov visited the capital of Abkhazia. …

  • DPR militants involved in ‘coup’ in Abkhazia

    The administration of the Abkhazian President, Raul Khajimba, accused members of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) of the coup attempt, reports Interfax.

    Abkhazia’s officials are trying to determine how these people arrived and stayed in the region.

    According to the publication Echo of the Caucasus, one of the organizers of the rally on January 8-9, which led to protesters capturing Khajimba’s administration office, was Ahra Avidzba, aka "Abkhaz" who fought against Ukraine as part …

  • Georgia accuses Russia of illegal 'borderization' with South Ossetia

    Georgian Foreign Ministry reported citing Georgian State Security Service that the Russian military began to install fences to mark the border in the area of the village of Atotsi (Karelian region), on the line that separates the Tskhinvali region, reports Novosti-Georgia.

    Georgian Foreign Ministry called these actions "deliberate provocation" aimed at destabilizing the situation in the country, and "illegal borderization."

    Georgia called on Russia to "immediately stop destructive actions." …

  • Putin names condition for withdrawal of Russian troops from Abkhazia and South Ossetia

    Before the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) summit in Yerevan, Russian President Vladimir Putin was asked a question about Russia's obligations with regards to Georgia and Abkhazia. A journalist of the Georgian TV channel Rustavi-2 asked Putin when he intends to start fulfilling the commitments made in 2008. Putin replied: "We always fulfill them."

    The journalist then asked when the Russian troops are expected to be withdrawn from Abkhazia and South Ossetia, calling them "occupied territories of …

  • Putin orders Russian government to finance modernization of Abkhazian Army

    Russian President Vladimir Putin instructed the government to sign an agreement on Russia's financing of Abkhazian army modernization. The agreement will be signed after the negotiations between the Russian and Abkhazian Foreign Ministries. The specific amount of funding is not specified. 

    "The proposal of the government of the Russian Federation to sign an agreement between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Abkhazia on financing the modernization of the Armed Forces of the Republic …

  • OSCE calls on Russia to stop recognition of Abkhazia and South Ossetia

    The General Committee on Political Affairs and Security of Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE PA) adopted the Georgian resolution calling on Russia to cancel the decision to recognize the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

    Fifty representatives of national delegations supported the document, five opposed and nine representatives abstained, reports TASS news agency.

    The author of the resolution is Sofio Katsarava, a member of the …

  • Leader of Abkhazia killed in car accident

    Gennadi Gagulia, Prime Minister of the unrecognized Republic of Abkhazia died in a car crash on the night of September 8, reported Interfax, citing information from his administration. RIA Novosti, reported that Gagulia died on the way to the hospital while his driver and security guard were released from the hospital. 

    According to the local Prosecutor General’s Office, a VAZ-2109 Lada Samara hatchback veered off the oncoming lane and crashed into Gagulia’s car. The driver, a 22-year-old …

  • Putin's aide Surkov and Donbas separatist leaders visit South Ossetia to celebrate ‘independence’ anniversary

    At a ceremony in honor of the 10th anniversary of Russia’s recognition of South Ossetia’s “independence”, Russian Presidential Aide Vladislav Surkov, who was previously Russia’s authorized representative for the Donbas, called the self-declared republic of South Ossetia a “lifeline” for the militant-occupied separatist regions of Ukraine, the so-called Luhansk and Donetsk People’s Republics (L/DPR), TASS reports.

    The event was attended by the leaders of the separatist territories in Ukraine, …

  • Georgia files lawsuit against Russia for the occupation of Abkhazia

    The Georgian Ministry of Justice filed a lawsuit against Russia to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) and accused Moscow of occupying the country’s territories and deliberately harassing ethnic Georgians in the republic, reported TASS with a reference to the Georgian Ministry of Justice.

    “Georgia demands that the European Court recognize Russia’s responsibility for the violation of more than one articles of the European Convention (on human rights). In particular, the occupation …

  • The US freezes Open Skies Treaty with Russia

    Paragraph 1242 of the Defense Bill, approved by the US Congress and signed by President Donald Trump, stipulates the refusal to allocate money for financing the Open Skies Treaty.  

    It is indicated in the Defense Bill that the funds cannot be used in 2019 to carry out observation flights. It is noted that the restriction can be lifted if the US president presents the corresponding committee of the Congress a certificate confirming the fulfillment of the agreement terms by Russia.

    The document …