Putin vows continued Russian support for Georgia's rebel Abkhazia


PITSUNDA, Georgia (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin assured Georgia’s breakaway region of Abkhazia on Tuesday of Moscow’s continued political and military support.

Russia’s military group deployed to Abkhazia “is developing well and on a very solid footing”, Putin told Abkhazian leader Raul Khadjimba during a meeting in the Black Sea resort of Pitsunda.

“The most important thing is that we have very special relations with Abkhazia. We safeguard the security and independence of Abkhazia. I am confident this will continue into the future,” Putin said.

Reporting by Denis Pinchuk; Writing by Dmitry Solovyov; Editing by Jack Stubbs; Editing by Jack Stubbs

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