Russian parliament ratifies deal to combine forces with Georgia’s breakaway region

Abkhazia and South Ossetia are two Georgian regions occupied by Russia. Map by New York Times, 02 Nov 2016 - 17:36, Tbilisi,Georgia

Russia’s parliament has ratified an illegal military cooperation agreement with Abkhazia, Georgia’s breakaway region that’s currently occupied by Russia.

The State Duma of the Russian Federation today ratified the document signed in Moscow last November, outlining the creation of a joint group of armed forces between Russia and Georgia’s breakaway region.

The illegal deal said that the main task of the combined force will be "adequate reaction to an armed attack (aggression)”.

This joint group contained Russian troops deployed in occupied Abkhazia, two Abkhazian motorised infantries, artillery and aviation groups as well as special forces units.

The group will be led by a representative of the Russian military base.

President of Georgia Giorgi Margvelashvili believed that this deal "in fact, intends to legalise Russian occupational forces in Abkhazia” and he urged the international community to adequately react to Russia’s illegal actions.