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Medvedev and Ankvab: no-frontier friendship2012-01-25 20:45
President of Russia Dmitry Medvedev personally examined a new frontier terminal between Russia and Abkhazia. Dmitry Anatolyevich arrived in Psou with a number of high-ranking officials. There is an impression that cooperation with Sukhum continues being a priority for the Kremlin. What will the two countries' relationship look like this year?
Dmitry Medvedev was not the only easily recognized person to arrive yesterday morning in Psou where an official opening of a new frontier terminal took place on January 25. He was followed by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Governor of Kuban Alexander Tkachev and a whole squadron of high-ranking officials of the Russian border led by Commander Dmitry Bezdelov. Medvedev examined a new sparkling terminal together with President of Abkhazia Alexander Ankvab.
A day before, the Russian leader had held a meeting with the presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan in Sochi, so one could think he visited Psou by chance. But a troop of high-ranking Russian officials accompanying him gives one grounds to suppose that Russia-Abkhazia relations are still strategic.
A new checkpoint at the Russian-Abkhaz border has been long-awaited: it took six years to build it, with an area presently being 12 times greater than before. Everything looks decent, some people being truly impressed by the glass and concrete of the new checkpoint. The reconstruction of a motor bridge is over. Customs officers promised the Russian president that they would check one bus in ten minutes. Checkpoint capacity is one and a half thousand cars per 24 hours.
Pedestrians will also feel comfortable, though a bit later. The reconstruction of the footway will be completed this year. There are already two corridors for people: one for those carrying goods and the other for the rest; so there is no need to step over bags and hand-barrows if you have only your personal baggage on you.
Psou is a visualized reconstruction of the Russian-Abkhaz relationship. The history of the border between these countries started in 1992 when Abkhazia was at war and a cordon appeared here. Earlier, there had been no frontier at all, Soviet "Zhiguli" and "Volgas" passing at a speed of one hundred kilometers per hour.