Aug 20, 2013

Abkhazia: Russian Ties Reaffirmed By Prime Minister Medvedev

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev states that Russia is interested in strengthening its relations with Abkhazia

Below is an article published by Prensa Latina:

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, today [19 August 2013] confirmed his government''s interest to strengthen relations with Caucasian republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, separated from Georgia since the 1990s.

Medvedev said that the ties with the republics, which independence Russia officially recognized in 2008, is structured in equal rights and mutual respect. We value the relationships with the republics of South Ossetia and Abkhazia absolutely with equal rights and intertwined by the friendliness of our people, the president said during his intervention in a youth forum in the North Caucasus.

He stressed that cooperation with governments in Sukhumi and Tsinvalí will continue its upward dynamic in the economic, social and political spheres, and security, especially with regard to the protection of these areas of potential conflicts.

According to the prime minister, Russia will not give up the ties with the republics and will be consistent with the recognition option, legitimized in September 2008 by former President Vladimir Putin, in the conflict with Georgia.

The decision was taken by the Kremlin after a lightning operation by Russian forces in August of that year, which forced the Georgian army to retreat after its indiscriminate bombing in Tsinvali, which caused more than 1500 deaths among Ossetian civilians in an attempt to regain those territories.

After the recognition of the independence of the republics of Transcaucasia, Georgia broke off diplomatic relations with Russia, considering it as occupied by Moscow. Currently, the two countries have signaled for a restoration of ties, at least in economic issues.