Abkhazia: Putin Supports Independence
Below is an article published by Finding dulcinea:
Putin’s Visit Taunts Georgian Authorities
Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin made a surprise visit to the Caucasus region on Wednesday [12 August 2009], “pledg[ing] half a billion dollars to defend the region of Abkhazia” Reuters reported. So far, only Russia and Nicaragua have recognized the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia; “the rest of the world views the enclaves as part of Georgia.”
According to The Guardian, “much of the money is expected to fund construction of a new naval base in the Abkhaz town of Ochamchira, within striking distance of Georgia’s Poti and Batumi ports.” Russia also plans on strengthening Abkhazia’s borders and enlarging their air base near Gudauta.
“Russia has recognised the independence of Abkhazia and intends to, and will, provide all embracing economic, political and, if needed, military support,” Reuters quoted Putin as saying.