Russia: No new military base in rebel Abkhazia

Some media circulated reports on Sunday, citing the Abkhazian government in exile, that Russia had opened a new military base near the village of Agubedia of Abkhazia's Ochamchir district and deployed heavy armor there.

Russia: No new military base in rebel Abkhazia
Russia's Defense Ministry on Sunday denied the reports that it had allegedly opened a new military base in Georgia's breakaway province of Abkhazia, Russian news agency reported.

Some media circulated reports on Sunday, citing the Abkhazian government in exile, that Russia had opened a new military base near the village of Agubedia of Abkhazia's Ochamchir district and deployed heavy armor there.

The reports of a military base being established in Abkhazia are a new information "provocation," the ministry's press office said.

Late in May, around 300 Russian railroad troops arrived in the self-proclaimed republic. The deployment met a furious reaction from Georgia, which accused Moscow of preparing for military intervention.

Relations between Russia and Georgia have deteriorated greatly in recent years over Moscow's support for Abkhazia and South Ossetia, another separatist region in Georgia, and Tbilisi's drive for NATO membership.

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