Russia Lifts Embargo: Abkhazia Seeks Independence

-Posted by D. Worth (US) | for- M. Barbay (France)

Abkhazia appeals to world orgs for recognition of independence #
"The parliament and people of Abkhazia highly appreciate the role of Russia as the main guarantor of peace and security in the region," it noted.

Lovely Abkhazia... Still painting in Moujan (Moscow plans) more later...

The separatist Abkhaz parliament approved the appeals today at its extraordinary session, a day after Russia lifted trade and economic sanctions on the territory...Read more.

Georgia's other breakaway region, South Ossetia, appealed to the UN and other international bodies on Wednesday to recognize its independence. Georgia condemned the move by breakaway regions, accusing Russia of interfering in its sovereignty and territorial integrity...More

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei Denisov said the situation regarding Abkhazia had completely changed and denied that the move had anything to do with recognition by some states of Kosovo’s independence...Story.

An overview of Abkhazia: including key facts, political leaders...
And notes on the media... Region: Map (etc)
(Posting this from Feb)

NOTE: Both South Ossetia and Abkhazia have had de-facto independence since wars in the 1990s. No country recognizes their governments, though Russia has tacitly supported their autonomy _ granting residents Russian passports, maintaining trade ties and stationing peacekeepers there... Story
NOTE: A playground for the Soviet-era elite, the lush region now mainly exports agricultural products, such as mandarin oranges, to Russia. Russian businessmen have begun investing in Abkhazia's infrastructure...

Adding to the attraction is Abkhazia's location, a few miles (kilometers) from Sochi, home to the 2014 Winter Games. Billions of development dollars (euros) are pouring into the region, and Georgia fears more money coming into Abkhazia will only pull the region further from its control.
More History: Both Abkhazia and South Ossetia broke away from Georgian control in wars in the early 1990s. Georgia's president, Mikhail Saakashvili, has repeatedly vowed to bring them both back under government control. OF which is cited for the Iranian Ossetia, and today's Abkhazia, Violence occasionally breaks out between separatist forces and... Georgia-backed militias

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