Tbilisi condemns revised draft Russia-Abkhazia treaty

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Agenda.ge, 21 Nov 2014 - 17:14, Tbilisi,Georgia

Georgia’s Foreign Ministry believes the revised draft treaty on ‘Alliance and Integration’ between Russia and Georgia’s breakaway region Abkhazia is a step forward to the annexation of Georgia’s territories.

The agreement was proposed by the Kremlin and amended by de-facto Abkhaz officials, which involved changing the name of the treaty. The document is expected to be signed between the two parties by the end of the year. 

Georgia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Davit Dondua was confident the amended text of the draft document, which outlined creating a joint Russian-Abkhazian military force, did not alter the content of the agreement.

"Russian officials’ recent announcements about normalising relations with Georgia do not coincide with the steps that are being taken by them. These are actions for destabilisation,” Dundua said.

On November 20, de-facto Cabinet Ministers of Georgia's breakaway Abkhazia region approved the bilateral treaty and recommended the document should undergo a final signing by so-called President of Abkhazia Raul Khajimba.

The Cabinet endorsed the revised version of the treaty and changed the name of the document from ‘Agreement on Alliance and Integration’ to ‘Agreement on Alliance and Strategic Partnership’.

Like in the Russian draft, one of the main issues about the creation of a "common defence and security space” remained in the Abkhaz version among "key directions” of this "alliance and strategic partnership”.

In October, Khajimba announced the bilateral agreement would be signed by the end of this year. He believed the treaty would enhance the region’s cooperation with Moscow.

Meanwhile Georgia’s Foreign Ministry called on the international community to pay special interest to this issue and be aware of "Russia’s intention” to annex Georgia’s breakaway regions, which would qualitatively change the situation in the region and create additional problems to European security.

As well as Georgia, the European Union and NATO condemned the agreement.

Abkhazia declared independence in 1999 following a separatist war. Now, the Abkhazia region is recognised as an independent nation by four countries - Russia, Nicaragua, Venezuela and Nauru. Russia recognised Abkhazia's independence after a five-day war with Georgia in 2008 when it helped the separatist region of South Ossetia breakaway from Georgia.