Russian Interior Ministry to control 13 more new psychotropics, drug-containing plantSociety & Culture July 24, 2:54
MAKS-2017 airshow yields contracts to over $6bln - Russian ministry of industry and tradeBusiness & Economy July 23, 23:48
Russian consumer rights watchdog chief names cities with highest HIV ratesSociety & Culture July 23, 21:41
Serbian filmmaker Kustirica says Crimea’s reunification with Russia is natural processSociety & Culture July 23, 21:40
Israeli embassy in Amman attacked by terrorists, some people wounded - TVWorld July 23, 21:35
Boxing Day on Red Square sets new Guinness recordSport July 23, 8:33
Joseph Dunford says Russia most military capable country of those posing threat to USWorld July 23, 4:57
Russia’s US envoy Kislyak steps down, his deputy to act as Charg d'Affaires ad interimRussian Politics & Diplomacy July 23, 1:33
Putin greets KamAZ-Master team - winner of Silk Way RallySport July 22, 15:20
MOSCOW, June 03, /ITAR-TASS/. Acting President of the Republic of Abkhazia, Valery Bgangba, believes that his main task now is to hold a successful early presidential election, in which former President Alexander Ankvab will be able to take part, among others.
An interview with him published Tuesday by the Moscow-based Kommersant Daily contains his assurances there will be no repressions against Ankvab.
“He is not an enemy of the people, as he has really done much (since Abkhazia’s independence in 2008 - Itar-Tass),” Bgangba says. “Akvab, who is a citizen of Abkhazia, also has the right to run for presidency.”
He says once again that the situation in the country is quiet and “there are no grounds for concern.”
“I’d like to give my assurances there will be no surge of tensions before or after the election,” Bgangba says.”My current task is to do everything in my power for holding a successful election and handing state power to a legitimately elected president.”
“Abkhazia has a centuries-old experience of resolving all the conflicts and disputes at an all-nation assembly,” he says. “People would make rows and take offenses but they would always get at a solution benefiting the entire nation.”
Bgangba also stresses the role that Russian representatives have played in the latest events in the country. “Russian representatives have done their best to help the parties to the political conflict to start speaking to one another,” he says.
He comments on the Russian-Abkhazian Treaty on Friendship and Cooperation, which the two countries signed in 2008.
“Various interstate, intergovernmental and interdepartmental agreements are signed pursuant to it,” Bgangba says. “The task now is to step up activity under their provisions.”
“At present, Abkhazia’s membership of the Eurasian Union and the Customs Union is being pondered,” he says.
April 29, Abkhazian political opposition demanded that President Ankvab dismiss the cabinet led by Prime Minister Leonid Lakerbaia and set up a national trust government. It also demanded the resignation of the country’s Prosecutor General and the heads of administration of two districts, saying that they had handed out Abkhazian passports en masse to the citizens of neighboring Georgia who had not dropped Georgian citizenship.
Abkhazian legislation permits dual citizenship with the Russian Federation only.