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US Says Putin Visit To Georgia's Abkhazia Region Was 'Inappropriate'

US Says Putin Visit To Georgia's Abkhazia Region Was 'Inappropriate'

The Russian media outlets report that Russias President Vladimir Putin is planning to visit Georgias western occupied Abkhazia region on August 8, on the day when the Russia-Georgia war was launched in 2008.

"The most important thing is that we have entirely special relations with Abkhazia", news agencies reported Putin as saying as he met with Khajimba in the Black Sea resort of Pitsunda.

Daniel Larison, American political scientist, speaking about the ninth anniversary of the August 2008 war, stressed that the commitment made at the Bucharest summit earlier that year significantly added to the tensions between Russian Federation and Georgia. We safeguard the security and independence of Abkhazia. "I am sure that will continue to be the case".

“Putin's visit to Abkhazia is part of the annexation policy, the militarization, which is ongoing in Georgias Abkhazia and South Ossetia, ” he told journalists on Thursday.

Abkhazia is internationally recognized as part of ex- Soviet Georgia, but Russian Federation sees it as a separate country - along with South Ossetia - following the war with Tbilisi.

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"The United States urges Russian Federation to withdraw its forces to pre-war positions per the 2008 ceasefire agreement and reverse its recognition of the Georgian regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia", the State Department said yesterday, referring to another separatist region.

Both Abkhazia and South Ossetia self-proclaimed their independence from Georgia, but both are highly reliant on the Kremlin for military defence and financial backing.

"Guests, from wherever they come, including from Russian Federation, should understand and feel that they are under reliable protection", Putin said at the meeting, according to a statement by the Kremlin.

In the outskirts of Georgian capital Tbilisi, a wreath laying ceremony at a military cemetery marked the commemoration of the war.

The U.S. State Department repeated that support on August 9 in the wake of the Putin visit.