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Russian President Vladimir Putin, on the anniversary of the outbreak of the 2008 Russo-Georgian War, vowed to guarantee the sovereignty and independence of the territory of Abkhazia. He made the comments while meeting with Abkhazian president.
“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,” Putin said at a meeting with Abkhazia’s President Raul Khajimba on Tuesday, reports Russian state news agency TASS.
Putin and Khajimba discussed economic, infrastructure, healthcare cooperation, and other issues.
“All questions we discussed at the previous meetings are being resolved to the benefit of our people…Work on the program’s investment programs is proceeding as expected. This year’s spending on them will reach about 2.5 billion rubles ($42 million). All budget documents had been drafted, scrutinized and approved,” Khajimba said.
“Abkhazia and its people are sincerely grateful to you for the decisions being made to develop our relations. I would like to say once again that the questions to be raised and resolved today would make our relations stronger,” Khajimba said.
Khajimba also discussed the start of the war and the anniversary on Tuesday, “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 state.”