Reconciliation minister names Putin’s visit to occupied Abkhazia a provocation

  • Tsikhelashvili stresses Georgia must not be provoked. Photo by the Ministry of Reconciliation and Civil Equality press office., 2 Aug 2017 - 12:25, Tbilisi,Georgia

Georgia’s Minister for Reconciliation and Civil Equality Ketevan Tsikhelashvili believes that Russia’s President Vladimir Putin’s planned visit to Georgia’s occupied Abkhazia region is a "part of continued occupation and an attempt of annexing Georgia’s historic lands.”

We must not be provoked. We should keep peace as it is vitally important for us,” Tsikhelahsvili stated. 

Russian media reports that Putin plans to visit breakaway Abkhazia on August 8, on the day when the Russia-Georgia war launched in 2008. 

The media announces that Putin plans to meet with de-facto leaders of Georgia’s western, coastal occupied territory. 

Russia recognized Georgian regions of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali (South Ossetia ) as independent republics in the wake of the 2008 war.