Russia’s decision to recognize the independence of Abkhazia is final and not subject to revision. This was announced on Thursday, August 5 press service Abkhazian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, commenting on the call of seven countries to the Russian Federation to withdraw the recognition of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.
The ministry expressed regret that the countries that signed this appeal over the past years did not realize the irreversibility of the changes that took place in Transcaucasia after the August 2008 events.
“The decision of the Russian Federation to recognize the independence of the Republic of Abkhazia is not subject to revision and is final. It should be recalled that the decision to recognize independence and establish diplomatic relations is the sovereign right of the states participating in international communication. The exercise of this right does not conflict with international legal norms and does not require the consent or approval of other states, ”the message says.
In addition, the Foreign Ministry stressed that the recognition of the republic’s independence was a natural stage in the process of the people of Abkhazia realizing their legal right to national self-determination.
“Denying the right of the people of Abkhazia to self-determination and the creation of sovereign statehood, Western countries follow the vicious practice of double standards and, instead of jointly searching for ways to resolve existing contradictions, prefer to listen only to the point of view of the Georgian side,” the ministry added.
Earlier that day, a number of Western countries in a joint statement called on Russia to withdraw recognition of the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. The document was signed by the USA, Great Britain, France, Estonia, Ireland, Norway and Albania.
The statement, as noted, is timed to the 13th anniversary of the August 2008 events, when Moscow recognized both republics, repelling Georgia’s armed aggression against them.
In turn, Vladimir Dzhabarov, First Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Committee on Foreign Affairs, in an interview with Izvestia, commenting on this appeal, pointed out that Western countries, led by Great Britain, like to use any informational occasion in order to launch another anti-Russian campaign.
In 2008, Georgian troops attacked South Ossetia, destroying part of its capital, Tskhinvali. Russia, protecting the inhabitants of the republic, brought in troops there and drove out the Georgian military. The independence of the republic is recognized by Russia, Syria, Venezuela, Nicaragua and a number of Pacific island states.
Georgia does not recognize Abkhazia and South Ossetia as independent states and considers them to be its regions. The border of South Ossetia with Georgia has been completely closed since September 2019 by the decision of the South Ossetian authorities.