Georgian Foreign Ministry: Any commercial operations in Abkhazia to be considered as illegal
Georgia, Tbilisi, June 17 / Trend N. Kirtskhalia /
Abkhazia is a separatist region and any commercial activities on this territory would be illegal, First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Georgia Davit Zalkaliani said at a press conference on Monday.
Zalkaliani commented Abkhazian media reports that "Rosneft" is going to conduct oil exploration in the territory of Abkhazia for 45 years. According to the same sources, one of the partners of "Rosneft" will be "Chevron" company.
According to Zalkaliani, the civilized world does not recognize the independence of Abkhazia and so any commercial transactions there will be deemed as illegal.
"Specifically, on this occasion I have no information, but I doubt that" Chevron "was a partner, based on the fact that the all civilized world does not recognize the independence of Abkhazia. They know very well what may follow after these commercial operations," - Zalkaliani said.
Large scale military action was launched in South Ossetia on August 8, 2008. Later, Russian troops occupied Tskhinvali and expelled the Georgian military.
Russia recognised the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia in late August. In response, Tbilisi broke off diplomatic relations with Moscow and announced the two unrecognised republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia as being occupied territories.