President calls for int’l reaction over de facto authorities’ plans in occupied Abkhazia to lease lands to Russia

 A long-term lease of the Soviet-era resort town of Bichvinta to Russia was first decided by de facto authorities in 1995, before protests by the local population led to no practical steps being taken., 26 Jul 2022 - 14:17, Tbilisi,Georgia

Georgian President Salome Zourabichvili on Tuesday called on the international community to “strongly react” to the recent decision of the de facto authorities in Georgia’s Russian-occupied breakaway Abkhazia region to transfer 186 hectares of territory in the Bichvinta resort town to Russia on a 49-year lease.

In her remarks on Twitter, Zourabichvili stressed that transfer of the well-known, coastal  resort territory to the occupier was a “form of annexation” and the result of the “continued occupation” of the Georgian lands by Russia.