Russia-Abkhazia agreement - violation of international law
Georgia's foreign ministry said the agreement of Russia and Abkhazia on foreign policy coordination is a "violation of international law norms", RIA Novosti reported March 13.
Russia and Abkhazia signed the memorandum on coordination of foreign policy on March 11.
It should be noted that Russia and Abkhazia have an agreement on friendship, cooperation and mutual assistance, singed Sept. 17, 2008, and an agreement of alliance and strategic partnership, signed Nov. 24, 2014, which came into force March 5, 2015.
"The foreign ministry [of Georgia] condemns this, and assesses this as a gross violation of international law norms," Novosti-Georgia reported citing the foreign ministry's statement on the matter.
The ministry said Abkhazia "isn't an independent international entity" and any agreement with it "doesn't entail any legal outcome."
Large-scale military action was launched between Georgia and Russia in South Ossetia on August 8, 2008.
Later, Russian troops occupied Tskhinvali and expelled the Georgian military.
Russia recognized the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia in late August.
In response, Tbilisi ended diplomatic relations with Moscow and has called the two unrecognized republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia occupied territories.
Edited by SI