Contents tagged with Abkhazia

  • Georgian PM predicts Russia will abandon recognition of Abkhazian and South Ossetian independence

    The Georgian Prime Minister’s Special Envoy for Relations with Russia, Zurab Abashidze, believes that sooner or later Russia will withdraw its recognition of Abkhazia and South Ossetia as independent states.

    "I believe that it is possible, and it will be so in the end. I do not know whether it will happen this year or in five years, but I'm sure that it will happen sooner or later," Abashidze said in an interview with Tbilisi television company Starvision.

    According to the Special Envoy, "it ( …

  • Putin ratifies joint armed forces agreement with Abkhazia

    Russian President Vladimir Putin ratified an armed forces agreement with the Republic of Abkhazia that unites the Russian and Abkhazian militaries. The information was recently published on the official portal for legal information. The agreement establishes the missions, the orders of formation, deployment and use of the joint forces of both countries.

    Earlier, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden stated during a telephone conversation with Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili that the …

  • Biden condemns Russia's creation of joint military force with Abkhazia

    U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has condemned Russia’s ratification of a treaty on establishing a joint armed force with Abkhazia, a breakaway region in Georgia, according to a White House statement.

    During a phone conversation with Georgian Prime Minister Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Biden “reiterated U.S. support for Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders.”

    On Wednesday, the Russian State Duma ratified the agreement establishing a joint armed …

  • Georgia condemns Russian elections in Abkhazia and South Ossetia

    On the 18th of September, Russia opened polling stations in Abkhazia and Tskhinvali in the South Ossetia region, which was condemned in a statement made by the Georgian Foreign Ministry.

    The statement said that as a result of the decision of the head of the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation, over 114,000 people living in the occupied Abkhazia and Tskhinvali regions were included in the voter lists of various federal entities in order for them to vote for candidates in …

  • Georgian lawyers refuse to work with Yandex because the service's maps show an independent Abkhazia

    In Georgia, lawyers refused to serve the Russian internet services company Yandex, because they use maps that list Abkhazia and South Ossetia as independent countries. Former Press Secretary of the Embassy of Georgia in Ukraine, Bacho Korchilava, wrote about this on his page in Facebook.

    "The emergence of Yandex was immediately marked by a scandal, as the maps of Abkhazia and South Ossetia listed them as independent countries. Then, of course, all legal and governmental mechanisms started to …

  • Russian soldiers begin exercises in Abkhazia

    Almost 700 servicemen of the Russian military base in Abkhazia will repel simulated enemy air attacks and simulated assaults of subversive-reconnaissance groups. TASS news agency reported on the exercise, quoting the Southern Military District’s press service.

    The exercise, which involved more than 60 pieces of equipment, is being conducted in the mountains and on the coast at the Tsabal and Nagvalou training ranges.

    "Particular attention in the course of exercise is paid to camouflage of …

  • Abkhazia will not hold a referendum on joining Russia

    Unlike South Ossetia, Abkhazia will not hold a referendum on joining the Russian Federation. The Prime Minister of the breakaway Republic, Artur Mikvabia, said this in an interview with RIA Novosti.

    Commenting on the referendum in South Ossetia, Mikvabia said that "Abkhazia is another story."

    "The motives of Tskhinvali are clear. The Ossetians are a divided people, some are now living in Russia, others in South Ossetia. That is why there is a desire to reunite. We have a different situation. …

  • Crimea and Abkhazia sign 'memorandum of understanding and cooperation'

    The Ministry of Economic Development of Russian-Crimea has signed a memorandum of understanding and cooperation with the Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Abkhazia, Krym.Realii reported.

    According to the press service of the Russian-Crimean authorities, the memorandum was signed in the framework of the International Economic Forum in Yalta in order to strengthen the partnership between the two disputed territories in socio-economic, scientific-technical, and cultural spheres.

    The …