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MOSCOW, July 6. /TASS/. The Kremlin is "closely watching" the situation in Abkhazia and hopes that the problem will be resolved by constitutional means, Russian president's press secretary Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Wednesday.
"The situation certainly remains within the field of our view, and the Kremlin is closely watching the developments there (in Abkhazia)," the official said.
"We hope that all the issues will be resolved exclusively within the framework of a political debate and by constitutional means", said the Kremlin official.
President of Abkhazia Raul Khajimba said on Wednesday that the opposition's actions aimed at destabilizing the situation in the country were fraught with destruction of its statehood.
"The actions taken by certain political and social movements are aimed at destabilizing the situation, which can ultimately lead to the destruction of our statehood, for which we paid a dear price", Khajimba said in an address to his fellow citizens that was published on Wednesday on the president’s official website.
On Tuesday, July at least 17 people were injured in disorders in Sukhum as protesters picketed the Interior Ministry building. Nine were taken to hospital. Abkhazian President Raul Khajimba called the events in Sukhum treachery. "Storming of the republic’s Interior Ministry began at a moment when we were meeting the opposition representatives. It’s nothing short of treachery. We’ll do everything possible to prevent such incidents in the future," the president said. Previously, Khajimba told TASS that the referendum on the republic’s early presidential election scheduled for July 10 would not be postponed, in spite of the opposition demands. "All yesterday’s actions were aimed at disrupting the referendum", he said.