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Abkhazian president to sign agreement on Russian military base

RIA Novosti


SUKHUMI, February 15 (RIA Novosti) - Abkhazian President Sergei Bagapsh will sign an agreement on a Russian military base in Abkhazia during a visit to Moscow on February 16-18, the former Georgian republic's Foreign Ministry said on Monday.

On April 30, 2009, Russia and Abkhazia signed an agreement on bilateral cooperation in the protection of Abkhazia's state borders. Russia guards over 350 kilometers of the tiny republic's borders.

Bagapsh was sworn in for a second term on February 12, 2010 after his victory in last December's elections. The polls were the first since Moscow recognized Abkhazia's independence in August 2008 after a brief conflict with Georgia over South Ossetia, another former Georgian republic.

Abkhazia has also been recognized by Nicaragua, Venezuela and Nauru, the world's smallest island nation.

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