Russia plans naval base on Black Sea coast of occupied Abkhazia

05-10-2023 11:28:56 Conflicts

Russia has signed a deal for a permanent naval base on the Black Sea coast of occupied Abkhazia, its de facto leader was quoted on Thursday as saying by the Izvestiya newspaper, a day after he met President Vladimir Putin.

Aslan Bzhania, the de facto president of Russian-occupied Abkhazia, said an "agreement had been signed for a permanent naval base in the Ochamchira region."

“We have signed an agreement, and in the near future there will be a permanent base of the Russian Navy in the Ochamchira district,” Bzhania told Izvestiya.

“This is all aimed at increasing the level of defence capability of both Russia and Abkhazia, and this kind of interaction will continue,” he said. “There are also things I can’t talk about.”

Russia made no immediate comment.

Russia recognized Abkhazia and Tskhinvali region, as "independent states" after August war 2008.


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