Russia, Abkhazia sign deal to build military base

Russia and Abkhazia signed a deal on Wednesday allowing Moscow to build a military base on its soil.

Russia, Abkhazia sign deal to build military base

Russia and Abkhazia signed a deal on Wednesday allowing Moscow to build a military base on its soil, strengthening its dependence on its sponsor and stoking tensions with Tbilisi.

The Russian and Abkhaz defence ministers signed a deal that officials earlier said will accommodate at least 3,000 Russian land troops already stationed in the lush Black Sea territory.

Moscow recognised Abkhazia in August 2008 after crushing an assault by U.S. ally Georgia on the other pro-Russian breakaway region of South Ossetia in a five-day war. Both regions broke away from Georgia in the early 1990s in bloody wars.

Georgia on Tuesday decried the new plans for a land base as illegal.

Reuters

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