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Official visit to Russia under the Abkhazian flag…2008-12-24 16:58
Yesterday Moscow welcomed Abkhazia's Foreign Minister Sergey Shamba. He exchanged the ratification papers with Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. This is how the procedure of executing a Treaty on Friendship, Cooperation and Mutual Assistance between two countries was completed.
It will be remembered that the Treaty was signed on September 17 by the presidents of Russia, Abkhazia and South Ossetia: Dmitry Medvedev, Sergey Bagapsh and Edward Kokoyty. The parties undertook to build their relations as friendly states, work closely together on foreign policy and interact in order to provide for sovereignty, territorial integrity and security.
At that time Dmitry Medvedev made the following comment on the event:
"This day will become history as it has been challenging for our countries to live to see it and the peoples of the republics have literally suffered it through. The signing of the Treaty is a reliable foundation for a wide and comprehensive partnership for the benefit of our people while our borders become transparent for business, cultural and just human contacts".
On September 24 this document was ratified by Abkhazia's parliament and on November 12 - by the Federal Council of Russia. The upper legislative authorities of the two countries marked the importance of the Treaty enactment very high. For instance the chairman of the Duma committee on international affairs Konstantin Kosachev noted in his interview with "Regnum" IA reporter:
"Such a legal and political action shall prevent repetition of the hostile scenario, a war adventure, the aggression that we witnessed on the night of August 8."
The attitude of Sukhum was also positive. According to the speaker of parliament Nugzar Ashuba "following the ratification of the document with Russia the Abkhazian authorities will only have to build up and reinforce the Abkhazian state".
Last week Russia's Ambassador to Abkhazia Semen Grigoryev passed the credentials over to president Sergey Bagapsh confirming the powers of the Russian diplomats in the republic. Now the parties exchanged the instruments of ratification. At the meeting Shamba and Lavrov signed a memorandum on cooperation in international affairs stipulating that Russia would be Abkhazia's representative in other countries from then on.