Russia to protect ships bound for Abkhazia


Russia to protect ships bound for Abkhazia

Fri, 28 Aug 2009 23:06:23 GMT

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Russian border guards will help protect ships bound for Georgia’s rebel Abkhazia region, the republic’s border guard chief Zurab Marganiya says.

"Russia’s agreement with Abkhazia on joint patrolling of state borders includes joint activities on ensuring security in the republic’s territorial waters," Marganiya said as quoted by the Interfax news agency.

"Russian and Abkhazian border guards are currently working out a plan of joint actions to stop the Georgian border guards’ piracy in the Black Sea," he added, without elaborating.

Russia recognized Abkhazia and another Georgian rebel region, South Ossetia, as independent states following an August 2008 five-day war with Georgia.

Tbilisi has accused Russia, which has stationed thousands of troops in both regions, of seeking to annex the territories.

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