Russia to continue policy of full support for Abkhazia – Medvedev

Russia intends to continue its policy of full support for Abkhazia, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Thursday.

“Russia will continue to give full support to the fraternal people of Abkhazia,” Medvedev said during talks with his Abkhaz counterpart Alexander Ankvab.

Medvedev noted that they discussed economic cooperation issues during the talks.

“It is important that trade becomes more balanced,” Medvedev added.

Medvedev said the Russian-Abkhazian legal base currently consists of more than 60 documents at various levels and over 30 more are being negotiated.

This is Ankvab’s first visit to Moscow as president. Ankvab took office on September 26 after winning the Abkhazian presidential election on August 26. Sergei Bagapsh, who headed the republic since 2005, died on May 29 after undergoing lung surgery at a Moscow hospital.