Russia Will Defend Abkhazia's Security and Independence – Putin
Russia is the guarantor of the security and independence of Abkhazia and does not intend to abandon its functions, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at a news conference after meeting with the president of Abkhazia.
"There is a great deal for us to discuss. What is most important is we have a special relationship of trust with Abkhazia. We firmly guarantee the security and independence of Abkhazia. I am certain that it will be so further on", the Russian leader stressed.
According to him, it is necessary to identify the optimal ways of developing Abkhazia’s economy for creating jobs and its own tax base.
Upon completion of the negotiations, an agreement was signed that would open Russia’s system of medical insurance and Russian hospitals to Abkhazian citizens.
In turn, President of Abkhazia Raul Khajimba said that Abkhazia with Russia’s support was moving on along the road of social economic development and addressing security and defense issues.
"All questions we discussed at the previous meetings are being resolved to the benefit of our people. We were able to achieve steady progress in translating into reality the treaty of alliance and strategic partnership between Abkhazia and Russia", Khajimba said.
The President of Abkhazia expressed his confidence that the discussions due would produce solutions serving the interests of Abkhazia’s further development.
The Abkhaz leader recalled that August 8 was a memorable date for Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
"On that day the Georgian army mounted a large-scale attack and the resolute measures the Russian leadership took in response allowed South Ossetia to survive and paved the way for the further recognition of our tiny states", Khajimba resumed.