The Russian Government should take a courageous step and recognize Abkhazia, Yuri Lujkov, the Moscow mayor, said during the ' Russia and Abkhazia: towards a single economic space' conference in Moscow, ITAR-TASS reported.
"When the issue touch upon Kosovo then many planned forces of international policy means sovereignty. However, when the issue is about Abkhazia and South Osetia there are double standards," Lujkov said. Russia always backs Abkhazia in efforts to improve its life as about 80 Abkhazian have the voluntary Russian passport which is one of the relevant issues. Lujkov considers the policy conducted by Georgian leaded Abkhazia to the verge of survival. However, currently there are tendencies in settlement of these economic problems. The Moscow mayor believes that Abkhazia to become a sovereignty. Russia is interested in gaining independence by Abkhazia. Russia needs Abkhazian resorts, trades, as well as economies of both countries are interconnected, Lujkov said.
Touching upon the Russian-Georgian relations, the Moscow mayor said that Russia watches apart the events occurred in the country as it is the Georgia and Georgians' problem. We can see how the government suppresses mass rallies demanding resignation of the government, which is paid from abroad, Lujkov added. "We hope the current situation in Georgia to be settled through peace measures," Lujkov said.