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Georgia opposes Russian military exercises in Abkhazia

The Georgian side is opposed to Russia conducting military exercises on the territory of Abkhazia.

The military exercises conducted by Russia in the territory of Abkhazia is a violation of international law. It was said by the special representative of the prime minister of Georgia on settlement of relations with Russia, Zurab Abashidze, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to the foreign press.

The Russian military exercises in Abkhazia began on September 1 in Abkhazia. They are participated by about 700 soldiers and more than 50 pieces of equipment of the Russian Armed Forces. Sources say that during the exercises are used even anti-aircraft and artillery.

“Itis a flagrant violation of international norms, gross violation of our territorial integrity and sovereignty. We must make the most of our international leverage in order to convey all this to our Western partners,” Abashidze said.

It should be recalled that after the war in Abkhazia in 2008, Moscow has unilaterally recognized the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

In response, Georgia decided to break off diplomatic relations with Russia.

Earlier we reported that Russia has decided to “improve life” in Abkhazia creating a common army.

Among the main points of the contract was a provision regarding the so-called “common space of security and defense.” The agreement provides for establishment of united forces “to repel aggression”. Furthermore, this group must be created in a period of 12 months from the date when the treaty enters into force.

In addition, the contract provides for modernization of the Abkhazian army and redeployment of equipment and personnel from the Russian-Abkhaz border to the border between Abkhazia and the territory controlled by Tbilisi. Therefore, Russia is actually obligated to guard the Abkhaz-Georgian border.