Russia welcomed Vanuatu establishing diplomatic ties with Abkhazia, a breakaway region of Georgia, calling it an important step in Abkhazia’s campaign for greater global recognition.
The leader of the Georgian separatist region of Abkhazia Sergei Bagapsh died in a Moscow hospital, Georgia’s Imedi TV station said, citing Russian news agencies.
Russia said its ties with the breakaway Georgian region of Abkhazia won’t be affected by political upheaval that ousted the territory’s leadership.
A “coup” last month in the breakaway Georgian region of Abkhazia was staged by Russia as a warning to Georgia as it prepares to deepen ties with the European Union, the country’s defense minister said.
The new president of Georgia’s breakaway region of Abkhazia pledged to bolster ties with Russia and seek wider international recognition for his country as he was inaugurated.