Monday, November 24, 2014

Russia, Abkhazia sign Treaty on Allied Relations and Strategic Partnership

Russia and Abkhazia have signed the Treaty on Allied Relations and Strategic Partnership.

The new treaty is based on the Treaty of Friendship and Cooperation of 2008 that fixed Russia’s recognition of Abkhazia.

Under the treaty, Russia will extend the aid to Abkhazia to over $100 million (5 billion rubles) in 2015, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Monday.

“In 2015, 5 billion roubles will be disbursed to Abkhazia for implementing the treaty,” Putin told the media.

Putin also said Russia and Abkhazia will consider creation of transit railways between Moscow, Sukhumi, Tbilisi and Erevan.

“If all the parties agree, we believe it is possible to jointly consider this project and then construct transit railways, connecting Georgian cities of Sukhumi and Tbilisi with Armenia on one side and Russia on the other”, Putin told the media.

Earlier Vladimir Pution sai Russia would double aid to Abkhazia. "We're planning to double aid as compared with last year and the current year," Putin said at a meeting with Abkhazian President Raul Khadzhimba.


  1. Abkhazia seeks to expand international recognition of the republic and take part in integration processes initiated by Russia on the post-Soviet space, Abkhazian President Raul Khadzhimba said on Monday....

    “Our relations are reaching a new qualitative level, which envisions close cooperation in ensuring regional security and stability. Russia proves again its commitment to equal cooperation with Abkhazia,” he said after talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    Allied relations with Russia will give security guarantees to Abkhazia and broad possibilities for the social and economic development, Khadzhimba said. “We are a small country. Over many years, we’ve consistently looked up to Russia by ensuring our common interests,” he said, adding that Russia had recognized the independence of Abkhazia and supported it on the international arena................

  2. Vladimir Putin met in Sochi with President of Abkhazia Raul Khadzhimba...

    The two presidents discussed the full range of bilateral relations and made a detailed examination of the situation in the region.

    Following their talks, Mr Putin and Mr Khadzhimba signed the Agreement between the Russian Federation and the Republic of Abkhazia on Alliance and Strategic Partnership and made press statements.

    Under the Agreement’s terms, Russia and Abkhazia will focus on developing their alliance and strategic partnership through coordinating foreign policy, developing a common defence and security space, establishing a common social and economic space, assisting Abkhazia in its socioeconomic development, and preserving a common cultural, spiritual and humanitarian space.

    In particular, under the Agreement, Russia will make a comprehensive effort to help Abkhazia strengthen its international ties.

    The Agreement also sets out provisions on mutual assistance if either party is attacked. A combined Russian-Abkhazian force will be established and Russia will finance modernisation of Abkhazia’s army....................

  3. On the Signing of a "Treaty" between Georgia's Abkhazia Region and the Russian Federation....

    Press Statement
    Jeff Rathke
    Director, Bureau of Public Affairs, Office of Press Relations
    Washington, DC
    November 24, 2014
    "The United States’ position on Abkhazia and South Ossetia remains clear: these regions are integral parts of Georgia, and we continue to support Georgia’s independence, its sovereignty, and its territorial integrity.

    The United States will not recognize the legitimacy of any so-called “treaty” between Georgia’s Abkhazia region and the Russian Federation.

    We once again urge Russia to fulfill all of its obligations under the 2008 ceasefire agreement, to withdraw its forces to pre-conflict positions, to reverse its recognition of the Georgian regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia as independent states, and to provide free access for humanitarian assistance to these regions.

    We renew our full support for the Geneva international discussions as a means to achieving concrete progress on security and humanitarian issues that continue to impact the communities on the ground in Georgia."

  4. State Department: USA erkennen Vertrag zwischen Russland und Abchasien nicht an ...

    Die USA erkennen laut dem Außenamtssprecher Jeff Rathke nicht den Bündnisvertrag zwischen Russland und Abchasien nicht an.

    „Die USA erkennen die Legitimität des so genannten Vertrages zwischen der georgischen Region Abchasien und der Russischen Föderation nicht an.

    „Wir rufen Russland erneut auf, alle Verpflichtungen gemäß dem Abkommen über die Feuereinstellung aus dem Jahr 2008 zu erfüllen, die Truppen in die vor dem Konflikt bezogenen Stellungen abzuziehen, von der Anerkennung der georgischen Regionen Abchasien und Südossetien als unabhängige Staaten Abstand zu nehmen und einen ungehinderten Zugang humanitärer Hilfe zu diesen Regionen zu gewährleisten“, sagte der Außenamtssprecher.

    „Wir erklären ein weiteres Mal unsere volle Unterstützung der Genfer internationalen Diskussionen als den Weg zu Fortschritten in den Sicherheits- und humanitären Fragen“, hieß es weiter. ...................

  5. L'Otan refuse de reconnaître l'accord russo-abkhaz ...

    L'Otan ne reconnaît pas l'accord de partenariat stratégique conclu par le Russie et l'Abkhazie, car il viole la souveraineté et l'intégrité territoriale de la Géorgie, a déclaré mardi le secrétaire général de l'Alliance Jens Stoltenberg.

    "L'Otan soutient pleinement la souveraineté et l'intégrité territoriale de la Géorgie dans les limites des frontières reconnues par la communauté internationale. Aussi ne reconnaissons-nous pas le prétendu accord de partenariat stratégique entre la région géorgienne d'Abkhazie et la Russie, signé le 24 novembre" a indiqué le responsable dans un communiqué..................

  6. Statement by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini on the signature of a “Treaty on Alliance and Strategic Partnership" between the Russian Federation and Georgia's breakaway region of Abkhazia ...

    "The Russian Federation’s signature today of a so-called “Treaty on Alliance and Strategic Partnership” with Georgia's breakaway region of Abkhazia is detrimental to ongoing efforts to stabilise the security situation in the region.

    Just like earlier agreements signed between the Russian Federation and Abkhazia, this violates Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, contradicts principles of international law and the international commitments of the Russian Federation, including the 12 August 2008 Agreement and its Implementing Measures of 8 September 2008.

    The EU reiterates its firm support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Georgia within its internationally recognised borders."

  7. Georgiens Premier: Tiflis wird auf keine Kompromisse zur territorialen Integrität eingehen ..

    Georgien wird laut Regierungschef Irakli Garibaschwili in Frage der territorialen Integrität nicht auf Kompromisse eingehen. So kommentierte er die Unterzeichnung eines russisch-abchasischen Abkommens über die Aufstellung einer gemeinsamen Truppengruppe.

    Russlands Präsident Wladimir Putin und der abchasische Staatschef Raul Chadschimba hatten am Montag in Moskau einen Vertrag über Verbündetenbeziehungen und strategische Partnerschaft beider Staaten unterzeichnet.

    Der Vertrag sieht die Etablierung eines gemeinsamen Verteidigungs- und Sicherheitsraums sowie die Aufstellung einer gemeinsamen Truppengruppe unter einem einheitlichen Kommando vor. Ferner garantiert der Vertrag dem südkaukasischen Staat eine Verbesserung der sozialen und medizinischen Standards und die Erhöhung von Renten und Gehältern bis auf den russischen Durchschnitt.

    „Georgien wird nie auf das Prinzip seiner territorialen Integrität und Souveränität verzichten und hat nicht die Absicht, auf Kompromisse in dieser Frage einzugehen“, zitiert die Agentur Novosti-Grusia den Premier.........................

  8. Ukraine says not to recognize Russia-Abkhazia Allied Relations Treaty ...

    Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry said Tuesday it will not recognize the signing of the Treaty on Allied Relations and Strategic Partnership between the Russian Federation and Abkhazia.

    The ministry’s statement circulated Tuesday described the signing of the agreement as “a provocation aimed at destabilizing the situation in the Black Sea region” as well as “a threat to the peace and security on the entire European space.”...............

  9. Relations of Russia, Abkhazia, South Ossetia are those between sovereign states — Lavrov...

    Russia’s relations with Abkhazia and South Ossetia are relations between sovereign states that are developed based on international law principles, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told a news conference on Friday.

    “Relations between Russia and Abkhazia, Russia and South Ossetia — are relations between sovereign states and these relations are developed based on international law principles and infringe nobody’s interests,” Lavrov said.

    New agreement between Russia and Abkhazia are not related to Geneva discussions on Transcaucasia, he added.

    Lavrov also didn't rule out the meeting beetween presidents of Russian and Georgia.

  10. South Ossetia and Russia may sign new allied treaty early in 2015...

    The Republic of South Ossetia and Russia may sign a new treaty on allied relations and partnership early in 2015, South Ossetian President Leonid Tibilov told TASS on Wednesday.

    “The work on the treaty has got under way. Consultations with the presidential administration are being held; we expect the Russian side to reply to our proposals soon. We can say that preliminarily the treaty may be signed in late January-early February next year,” the South Ossetian president said.

    According to Tibilov, the treaty will help South Ossetia to strengthen its security and get new opportunities for socio-economic development.

    “Despite a change in leadership, nothing has changed in Georgia since the military aggression (against South Ossetia) in August 2008. South Ossetia and Abkhazia remain targets for Georgia’s military aggression. We deem it necessary to sign the new treaty in order to secure security for the future generations,” Tibilov went on to say.....................

  11. Russia-Abkhazia Partnership Treaty Not Threat to Other Countries: Moscow ...

    A new treaty envisaging closer military and economic ties between Russia and Abkhazia is not threatening security of other countries, including Georgia, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.

    Commenting on the results of the 30th round of the Geneva discussions on security in the Transcaucasus region held on December 9-10, the ministry said that Georgia's strive to join NATO and the alliance's plans to build its military infrastructure on the territory of the country leads to the deterioration of the security situation in the region.

    "In that context, representatives of Russia and Abkhazia have assured other participants of the talks that the Treaty on strategic partnership between the two countries, signed on November 24, is aimed at strengthening Abkhazia's statehood and defense capability and does not contain any provisions that could threaten other countries, including Georgia," the ministry said in a statement..................


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