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Russia to continue helping South Ossetia, Abkhazia – Putin

Published time: August 26, 2013 14:30
Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, during his meeting with President of Abkhazia Alexander Ankvab in Pitsunda, August 25, 2013. (Aleksey Nikolskyi / RIA Novosti)

Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, during his meeting with President of Abkhazia Alexander Ankvab in Pitsunda, August 25, 2013. (Aleksey Nikolskyi / RIA Novosti)

The Russian President has congratulated the leaders of the two republics on the fifth anniversary of international recognition of independence, and promised future aid and support from Russia’s side.

On the eve of the holiday, Vladimir Putin paid a working visit to Abkhazia’s resort town of Pitsunda where he held a meeting with the country’s President, Aleksandr Ankvab.

On Monday the Russian President sent addresses to Ankvab and to the South Ossetian President, Leonid Tibilov. In the messages the Russian leader wrote that the decision to support the two nations’ struggle for independence, made in 2008, was not easy but it was the only right option. Such a move was crucial for the young states because it allowed them to take independent decisions on their future, Vladimir Putin added in his message.

Russia will continue to provide comprehensive help and support to the republics, Vladimir Putin emphacized.

The Georgian Foreign Ministry reacted to Putin’s visit with a note of protest, calling it an attempt to usurp Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. Georgia continues to insist on its right to South Ossetia and Abkhazia, even though the failed attempt to capture these lands was one of the main reasons the supporters of nationalist president, Mikhail Saakashvili, lost in the last parliamentary poll to much more Russia-friendly, Bidzina Ivanishvili.

Russia officially recognized the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia in August 2008 – shortly after the Russian military repelled the Georgian armed forces’ attack on South Ossetia in the so called “five days war”. These nations broke away from Georgia in the early 1990s, following a civil war, but their status only became official thanks to Russia’s political resolution. Several other countries, such as Nicaragua and Venezuela, have also recognized the republic’s independence following Russia’s examples.

Comments (6)


Keir Mclean 01.09.2013 14:33

When americans start reciting pro CIA propaganda about stalin purges (which were falsified by cia from figures of soldiers that died in battle). We should start reciting their death count around the world in the name of capitalist enslavement.


Keir Mclean 01.09.2013 14:31

When you think of 50 years of communist bashing for a nation like the U.S that gave the least and had to most to gain from ww2 against great Russia who spared us all from Nazi enslavement, we forget who did who favours despite differences in ideologies. One things for certain how many Americans today would rather be RED than dead, i bet many.


Keir Mclean 01.09.2013 14:29

Even as outsiders we can see the western pattern of systematic enslavement, coup de tats, for pretty much that entire time coming from the most pro capitalist nations like the U.S. reflect back on vietnam, korea,nicuragua, falklands, argentina, chile, brazil, panama, cuba, columbia, yugoslavia, northern ireland, east timor, iraq twice, iran twice, afghanistan, lebanon, palestine, libya, egypt and now syria just to name a few I think the U.S death toll is getting close to 10 million if not beyond it in half those operations alone.

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