KRASNODAR, March 19 (Itar-Tass) —— Russia and Abkhazia will create a common economic space in the future, Krasnodar Territory Governor Alexander Tkachev said.
Tkachev, who has been appointed the Kremlin’s special envoy for Abkhazia, said on Monday, March 19, that he would exert every effort “to make our peoples closer together and have a common economic space in the future”.
“This appointment is quite legitimate because the republic [of Abkhazia] and Kuban [Krasnodar Territory] have long-standing friendly relations,” the press service of the governor’s office told Itar-Tass.
The Krasnodar Territory helped Abkhazia many times solve social and economic problems. At the beginning of this year a new international checkpoint was opened between the southern Russian region and Abkhazia and a memorandum was signed on the strengthening of cooperation in various areas from economy to culture and sport.
“Such trust on the part of the president is a big honour for me of course and an even greater responsibility,” Tkachev said. “Abkhazia has long been more than a just a neighbouring republic to me. Kuban stood by its Abkhazian brothers in days of war and offered support in rebuilding towns and villages.”
Just as Tkachev and Abkhazia’s former President Sergei Bagapsh were friends, Kuban and Abkhazia are also linked together by thousands of historical, economic and friendly ties.
Speaking of current relations with Abkhazia, Tkachev said, “I have contact and mutual understanding with Abkhazia’s new leader Alexander Ankvab”.
He is convinced that “they will only become stronger”.
Tkachev was recently awarded the title of honorary citizen of Abkhazia.