Photo: Sergey Lavrov © Sputnik. Viktor Tolochko http://sputnik-abkhazia.ru/radio/20170419/1020864258/lavrov-bezopasnost-abxazii-obespechena-i-garantirovana.html

20 April 2017, 11:23

Political analysts associate Sergey Lavrov's visit to Sukhumi with parliamentary elections in Abkhazia

Sergey Lavrov, Russian Foreign Minister, has visited Sukhumi in connection with the forthcoming replacement of the Ambassador and the need to get acquainted with the new Speaker of the Parliament and to learn about the situation after the internal political conflict in Abkhazia. This opinion was voiced by Russian political analysts Konstantin Zatulin and Alexander Krylov. Sergey Lavrov held official meetings in Abkhazia behind closed doors.

The "Caucasian Knot" has reported that on April 18-19, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov visited Abkhazia and took part in the opening ceremony of a new building of the Russian Embassy in Sukhumi. The Georgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) called the Sergey Lavrov's visit a provocation. Georgian political analysts interviewed by the "Caucasian Knot" believe that Russia does not want normalization of relations with Georgia.

On April 19, Sergey Lavrov held talks with Abkhazian President Raul Khadjimba.

The Russian Foreign Minister has outlined the topics to be worked out, including the situation at the Russian-Abkhaz border and the property relations.

According to Konstantin Zatulin, the director of the Institute of Diaspora and Integration (Institute of CIS countries), a member of the Council for External and Internal Defence Policy and a member of the Public Chamber of Russia, the motives for the Sergey Lavrov's visit to Abkhazia can be explained by two points: from a formal point of view, the Russian Foreign Minister arrived to the neighbouring country to attend the opening of the Embassy, and from an informal one, his visit can be associated with the desire to observe the problems of Abkhazia.

Formally, the Sergey Lavrov's arrival is connected with the opening of the Russian Embassy. However, the real reason is in the situation about the elections. This opinion was expressed by Alexander Krylov, the leader of the Centre for Post-Soviet Studies and the head of the Caucasus Department of the Primakov National Research Institute of World Economy and International Relations (IMEMO) of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Full text of the article is available on the Russian page of 24/7 Internet agency ‘Caucasian Knot’.

Author: Oleg Krasnov; Source: CK correspondent

Form of mobile communication
SMS: 8 903-767-6060
Know more? Do not be silent!
Lt feedback banner
All news

June 24, 2017 07:24

June 24, 2017 06:22

  • Dagestani residents give more than 1500 historical photographs for exhibition "Portrait of the Nation"

    Organizers of the exhibition "Dagestan: Portrait of the Nation" offered residents of the republic, who had in their family archives photos from the 19th and early 20th centuries to take part in the art project. As a result, the organizers received 1500 works, of which they selected for the exhibition more than 300. Besides, the exposition presents works from leading museums of Russia, Georgia, and the United States.

June 24, 2017 05:23

June 24, 2017 01:05

June 24, 2017 00:12

  • Arthur Panov asks investigators to check his detention

    Arthur Panov, who is accused of plotting a terror act in Rostov-on-Don, has told the court that the day before the date of his detention as indicated in his case files, he was captured in the street and taken away for questioning by people, who presented themselves as law enforcers. The application, submitted by Arthur Panov, with a request to conduct a check was delivered to the Investigating Committee of the Russian Federation (ICRF).

News archive