Abkhazia in "integration processes in the post-Soviet space"
In an interview with Russian newspaper Izvestia, President Aslan Bzhania divulged Abkhazia's growing inclination towards tighter bonds with Moscow. Acknowledged by a handful of UN member states and other partially recognized or unrecognized entities, Abkhazia's President underscored his country's desire for an enhanced military and technical alliance with the Russian Federation and opened up on the nation's plans for the integration processes in the post-Soviet space. Establishing a Russian naval base on the territory of the unrecognized republic may soon encapsulate the highlights of this budding relationship.
Abkhazian leader shared insights on the republic's intricate journey since the declaration of its state sovereignty in 1990 and the subsequent tumultuous years marked by conflict and eventual recovery. Abkhazia's eagerness to entrench its military and technical cooperation with Russia is unequivocally highlighted in this unfolding narrative. The republic's aspiration to partake in the Union State, a political and economic alliance that may potentially encompass Russia, Belarus, and Abkhazia, aligns with its strategic foreign policy objectives.
The imminent establishment of a Russian naval base in the Ochamchira district signifies a significant milestone in the Russia-Abkhazia alliance. "There will be a permanent base of the Russian Navy in Ochamchira district," stresses this development Bzhania. The new project epitomizes the deepening military cooperation rooted in joint exercises and the mutual enhancement of defense capabilities.
Abkhazia is equally keen on bolstering its tourism sector. The leaders are formulating strategies to streamline border-crossing processes to accommodate an influx of Russian tourists. This initiative is amplified by introducing enhanced transportation links, including expanding the "Swallow" electric train service to Sukhum to bolster the republic's tourism sector.
Amidst the aspirations and ongoing developments, the echoes of past conflicts still resonate. Abkhazia is steadfast in its autonomy, bolstered by Russia's recognition and unwavering support. The republic continues to navigate the complexities of its relationship with Georgia, mitigated by pragmatic leadership and a mutual inclination towards peace and stability.