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More peace and quiet in Abkhaz water area2009-08-31 22:38
Abkhazia has gathered Russia's support on the sea. Now the ships and coast guard motorboats of the Russian Federal Security Service will escort and, of necessary, protect the vessels entering the territorial waters of the young republic. The reason for such decisive steps is the latest detention of the Buket and Afrostart ships by the Georgian party. The ships were carrying fuel and metal to Sukhum. In Tbilisi, the steps undertaken by Sukhum and Moscow in the Black Seawater area have caused another fit of anger.
The latest incidents in the Georgian-Abkhazian water zone resulted in the fact that the whole of Russia has to defend the interests of Abkhazia. Deputy Head of the Federation Security Service Border Service Evgeni Inchin reported that now the coast guard of the Russian FSS together will the Abkhazian border guards will efficiently provide security of the ships in the territorial waters of Abkhazia. "They (the Georgian party - A. G.) behave rather aggressively on the sea , - Inchin is quoted by RIA Novosti. - If the ships enter the territorial waters of Abkhazia flying the flag of a third country, it is the reason for the Georgian party to undertake various measures in respect of them, including legal procedures".
According to the Russian border guards, this year, the Georgian coast guard detained 23 ships in the Abkhazian water area for various kinds of infringements. Four of them were arrested for violating the rules of entering into the waters of the "occupied territories". Inchin also underlined that the decision about the ships protection in the territorial waters of the young republic is attributed to the measures aimed at providing security of the coming Olympic Games in Sochi in 2014.
It should also be noted that the actions undertaken by the Russian party are implied by the agreement on the joint border control signed between Moscow and Sukhum in April. Besides, Russia's escort of ships in the Abkhazian water zone will sooner have psychological aspect, for Abkhazia has got enough amount of coast guard motorboats. According to VZGLYAD, the naval forces of the republic consist of two divisions of consorts. At the same time, the Georgian coast guard service will hardly dare to arrest a ship flying St. Andrew's flag.
The Abkhazian party is expecting that the taken measures will prevent Georgia from capturing ships carrying innocent goods. As Head of the republican MIA Sergey Shamba said, there is a rather difficult situation on the sea, which "requires interference".