Russian President Vladimir Putin meeting with his Abkhaz counterpart, Alexander Ankvab, in Pitsunda on August 25, 2013.© RIA Novosti. Aleksey Nikolskii
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TBILISI, August 26 (RIA Novosti) – Georgia has sent a note of protest to Moscow over the Russian president’s visit to a resort town in the Georgian breakaway republic of Abkhazia, the country’s foreign minister has said.
Vladimir Putin traveled to Pitsunda, a popular resort town on the Black Sea, on Sunday as Abkhazia marked the fifth anniversary since Russia recognized its independence following a brief war with Georgia. The Kremlin said Putin met with his Abkhaz counterpart, Alexander Ankvab, to discuss bilateral collaboration.
“We condemn this [visit], as this is another infringement on Georgia’s territorial integrity and sovereignty,” the Novosti-Georgia news agency quoted Georgian Foreign Minister Maia Panjikidze as saying.
Russia and Georgia severed diplomatic ties in 2008 after Moscow recognized the de-facto independent Georgian republics of South Ossetia and Abkhazia as independent states following a five-day military conflict over South Ossetia in August that year.
Only Venezuela, Nicaragua, Vanuatu, Nauru and Tuvalu followed suit by recognizing the provinces’ independence.
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- Mikhail1228Stop the whining!19:13, 26/08/2013Can you believe these people? They start a war. They lose territory in this war. Territory that never wanted to be with Georgia in the first place. You are damn lucky that Russia didn't steam roll over Tbilisi. You should be kissing Putin's shoes!!
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