Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Abkhazia to host two Russian military bases - Bagapsh

SUKHUMI, September 23 (RIA Novosti) - Abkhaz President Sergei Bagapsh confirmed Tuesday that two Russian military bases are to be stationed in the republic, recognized as an independent state by Moscow on August 26.
He said the bases would be located in the towns of Gudauta and Ochamchira, in the west and east of the republic, respectively.
Bagapsh said a military airport would be reopened in Gudauta. "New housing and an appropriate infrastructure will also be built for the families of Russian servicemen," he told a press conference.
The Abkhaz leader also said a seaport would also be restored in Ochamchira. "Taking into account that, after everything, Georgia will still in the near future join NATO, Abkhazia should do everything necessary to strengthen state security," Bagapsh said.


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