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Ministry of Defense of Russia wants to abandon the sanatorium «Sukhum»

2011-05-25 16:50

Ministry of Defense of Russia wants to abandon the sanatorium «Sukhum». 17503.jpegThe Russian Defense Ministry intend to abandon the further lease of the Russian military sanatorium «Sukhum». According to Interfax, which cites their source in the Defense Ministry, the Russian Ministry of Defense refuses to lease the building and gives it back to the Abkhaz side in a short time.


«There are a lot of controversy between Russia and Abkhazia over the functioning of the resort. Russian Defense Ministry refuses the further lease of «Sukhum», we can say it with certainly» - «GHN» quotes its source. After this resort «Sukhum» will be returned to Abkhazia with the land where it is located, the source added.

As recalled by the newspaper «Vzglyad», a military sanatorium «Sukhum» is in the immediate vicinity of the Abkhaz capital Sukhumi on the coast of the Black Sea. Its area is 20 hectares. The hotel was opened 55 years ago and it can receive about two thousand guests at the same time.

Earlier today, IA «Apsnipress» reported that untill the end of this month a meeting between Russian and Abkhaz experts on the future of the military sanatorium «Sukhum» is expected. The President of Abkhazia, Alexander Ankvab and State Secretary - Deputy Minister of Defense of Russia Nikolai Pankov discussed the situation with the resort «Sukhum» at a meeting yesterday and made such a decision.

The Speaker of the Abkhaz parliament Nugzar Ashuba, Prime Minister Sergei Shamba, the Deputy Prime Minister Vakhtang Pipia and the heads of presidential administration also took part in this discussion. And the Russian side was also presented by Russian Ambassador to Abkhazia Semyon Grigoriev.

Russian and Abkhaz sides noted the anxiety of the personnel of the resort with previous decree of the Russian Defense Ministry about their dismissal in connection with the forthcoming overhaul of the resort.

It was decided to convene a meeting of experts to provide additional agreements required for proper functioning of resort facilities, earlier transferred to the use of the Russian military base.

In the middle of May 2011 members of the Russian military sanatorium «Sukhum» addressed to the Parliament of Abkhazia with the request to deal with the situation on the closure of the sanatorium for the repair. The Parliament recommended the staff to send a note to the leadership of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation for the Protection of the employees of Russian military sanatorium «Sukhum».

Earlier, in mid-April 2011, Russian Defense Minister has issued a decree «On the termination of the branch of the federal budgetary institutions «resort complex» «Southern» of Russian Defense Ministry», according to which the branch of the Military sanatorium «Sukhum» should be terminated and its employees should be dismiss.

The staff of «Sukhum» - it is about three thousand people - are concerned that they may lose work due to the possibility of closure and sale of a large spa facility.

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