Abkhazia: Russia Denies Plans
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Speculations about Moscow drafting a proposal on Abkhazia and South Ossetia status are "exaggerated," but if the sides agree on a solution for the conflicts based on confederation principles Moscow will not object, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on January 23.
The Russian daily Kommersant reported in December, that
"Issues related with the definition of the status of Abkhazia and
It also said that initiatives about status should be proposed by the parties concerned.
"If the parties agree, let's say on unification based on confederation principles, naturally there will be no objections from our side," the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
But Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and the South Ossetian leader both noted during the meeting in
"Both of them have stressed that the existing reality and such a fundamental factor as expression of will of the Abkhaz and South Ossetian people should be taken into consideration while dealing with resolution of the conflicts. It is also important to prevent protracted pauses and attempts to thwart the negotiating process, which should develop in the frames of already existing formats," the Russian Foreign Ministry said.