Abkhaz and South Ossetian Leaders Advocate Closer Ties with Russia
The message was sent to congratulate the country on Russia Day, formerly known as Independence Day, which marks the Russian Parliament's June 12, 1990 declaration of sovereignty from the Soviet Union.
“These [close] relations with great Russia represent a guarantee of security and economic development of our Republic [Abkhazia],” Sergey Bagapsh said in the message.
In his congratulatory message, South Ossetian leader Eduard Kokoity said that the South Ossetian people, an “overwhelming majority of which are Russian citizens,” consider “great Russia as the major guarantor of peace and security in the Caucasus,” the Press and Information Committee of South Ossetia reported.
Source: Civil Georgia