Putin Vacation to Georgian Region Condemned by State Department

  • Putin Vacation to Georgian Region Condemned by State Department

Putin Vacation to Georgian Region Condemned by State Department

The Abkhaz Foreign Ministry has described Georgian top officials' response to Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to Abkhazia on August 8 as "pretty nervous".

"President Putin's visit to the Abkhazia region of Georgia - on the ninth anniversary of the armed conflict - is detrimental to global efforts to find a peaceful and negotiated settlement". We safeguard the security and independence of Abkhazia. He pointed out if Georgia's North Atlantic Treaty Organisation aspirations were fanciful before the 2008 war, they became preposterous after it.

As a result of the war, Russian Federation recognized the independence of both South Ossetia and Abkhazia, thus making their reintegration into Georgia much less likely than it was before the war, analyst said.

"The United States fully supports Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity within its internationally recognized borders and rejects Russia's recognition of Abkhazia and South Ossetia", Nauert's statement said.

Abkhazia is internationally recognized as part of ex- Soviet Georgia, but Russian Federation sees it as a separate country - along with South Ossetia - following the war with Tbilisi.

"I am confident that this will be so in the future as well", Putin concluded, according to the Interfax news agency.

Both Abkhazia and South Ossetia self-proclaimed their independence from Georgia, but both are highly reliant on the Kremlin for military defence and financial backing.

Putin's visit was seen as supporting Abkhazian separatists, in violation of Georgia's sovereignty which is recognized by the Geneva mission.

During the visit, Putin and Khajimba discussed the formation of a joint Abkhaz-Russian military contingent in Abkhazia; Russia operates a total of nine military bases in South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

Putin's statements while in Abkhazia on Tuesday outlined no intention to do so, claiming that Russian Federation "responsibly guarantees the security and independence of Abkhazia".