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Sukhumi responds to Biden's criticism of Russian-Abkhazian combined army group treaty

November 07, 2016, 16:56 UTC+3 SUKHUM

Official responds to Biden's criticism of Russian-Abkhazian combined army group treaty

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SUKHUM, November 7. /TASS/. Abkhazia’s Foreign Ministry has responded with a commentary to US Vice-President Joe Biden’s remarks made in a telephone conversation with Georgian Prime Minister Georgy Kvirikashvili. Biden criticized the agreement to create a combined army group of Russia and Abkhazia.

"Decisions to conclude and ratify bilateral treaties and agreements between the Republic of Abkhazia and Russia are an exclusive prerogative of the two countries’ supreme bodies of power. They do not require approval by any third parties, including the United States," the Abkhazian Foreign Ministry said in a commentary on Monday.

"The November 21, 2015 agreement on the combined military group of Abkhazia and Russia, envisaging creation of a common defense and security space, is a result of both countries’ mutual interest and it fully agrees with the interests of Abkhazia and Russia," the Abkhazian Foreign Ministry said.

"Western leaders’ hackneyed propaganda clich·s about Georgia’s territorial integrity and internationally recognized borders will not change the realities that took shape in 1993 following the Abkhazian people’s victory in a bloody war and were then enshrined in the 1999 Act of the Independence of the Republic of Abkhazia," the statement runs.

"In August 2008 Russia in full conformity with international law recognized the Republic of Abkhazia as a sovereign state, which was a landmark event in the struggle of the Abkhazian people for free self-determination," the Abkhazian Foreign Ministry said.

Earlier, US Vice-President Joseph Biden in a phone call to Georgian Prime Minister Georgy Kvirikashvili congratulated him and his party in the parliamentary elections and made some critical remarks about the Abkhazian-Russian agreement on a combined military group.

The State Duma earlier ratified the Russian-Abkhazian agreement on a joint army group, presented for consideration by the Russian president. The agreement that determines the rules of forming the group and its deployment and missions was signed in Moscow on November 21, 2015. The group’s task is to provide an adequate response to an armed attack (aggression), and also to other threats to the military security of either party.

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