Foreign Policy: “Putin Heads to Occupied Georgia Territory on War Anniversary”

De-facto leader of breakaway Abkhazia Raul Khajimba (L) and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Photo by Natalia Kolesnikova/AFP, Aug 09, 2017, Tbilisi, Georgia

American news publication Foreign Policy publishes an article about the recent visit by Russian President Vladimir Putin to breakaway Abkhazia.

The article stresses that on Tuesday – which was the ninth anniversary of the war between Russia and Georgia - Putin "took time off from shirtless fishing in Siberia” to pay a visit to Abkhazia.

Foreign Policy explains for its readers that Abkhazia is one of Georgia’s two occupied territories, recognised as independent by Russia since the war.

The article stresses that Putin’s trip comes exactly one week after US Vice President Mike Pence visited Tbilisi and "gave a shout out to Georgia’s hopes of joining NATO”. The author adds that keeping Georgia out of NATO was the driver behind the 2008 war.

The author also says that Tbilisi and Moscow maintain different narratives both on Putin’s visit and the 2008 war too, and goes into details of these narratives.