2 June, 15:57

Abkhaz opposition positively assesses Russia's role in settling political crisis in Abkhazia

Abkhaz opposition positively assesses Russia's role in settling political crisis in Abkhazia

Russian mediators play significant roles in settling domestic political crisis in Abkhazia, Abkhaz opposition leader Sergei Shamba said. "[Russia's] Vladislav Surkov and Rashid Nurgaliyev have played a colossal role in settling the domestic political crisis in Abkhazia. Personally, I am very grateful to them," Shamba told Interfax on Monday.

"Thanks to these efforts Abkhazia remains a democratic country, which deserved independence through its entire history," he said. According to Shamba, "today, certain forces in Sukhumi circulate rumors that Russia insists on Abkhazia's accession to Russia.

I want to state that these rumors are not true. Russia acted correctly in our domestic political crisis by respecting the will of the people." "Abkhazia was and will be an independent state, for which relations with Russia are sacred," Shamba said.

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