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Storm after Lukashenka’s visit to Abkhazia. Georgia demands an explanation

The Georgian side expressed “extreme concern” Lukashenka’s visit in Abkhazia and demanded additional explanations from the Belarusian side. The press office of the de facto president of Abkhazia Aslan Bżani informed about his meeting with Lukashenka.

Echo of Kawkaza emphasized that Lukashenko is paying an unofficial visit to Abkhazia. The Belarusian dictator said he had talked about Abkhazia with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Sochi. Belarusian independent media point out that Lukashenka’s visit to the territory of Abkhazia, which is Georgia’s territory under international law, has not been announced anywhere.

“I strongly condemn Alexander Lukashenka’s visit to occupied Abkhazia. This is an unacceptable violation of Georgian law on the occupied territories and the principles of our bilateral relations and international law,” Georgian President Salome Zurabishvili wrote on Twitter.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tbilisi said that the Georgian side expressed “extreme concern” about Lukashenka’s visit to Abkhazia and his meetings with representatives of the Russian occupation authorities, the ministry said in a statement.

From Saturday, Lukashenko was in Sochi, Russia, although this visit was also unannounced. On Sunday, the portal Zerkalo.io announced on Telegram that the presidential plane departed from Minsk to Sochi. On Monday, the official part of the talks between Lukashenka and Putin took place, which was reported by the media. On Tuesday, a Kremlin spokesman said Putin and Lukashenka “are continuing their talks in Sochi.”

Since 1992, Abkhazia has been outside the sovereignty of the Georgian authorities. The separatist government of Abkhazia assumes that it is an independent state; the unilateral proclamation of independence took place in 1992. Its independence is recognized only by a few countries, including Russia, which recognized it in 2008 after several days of war with Georgia.

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