President of Abkhazia, Alexander Ankvab, harbours hopes that Turkey will extend recognition (photo: dpa)

Washington shames Moscow over 'occupied' Abkhazia

It is 20 years since Abkhazia declared independence from Soviet Georgia, yet the region on the eastern shores of the Black Sea is still not recognised as a legitimate state by major countries other than Russia. This report, the second of three reports on frozen conflicts within this region, considers whether Abkhazia’s continuing isolation from Georgia and its allies is driving it further into Moscow’s arms and reinforcing the sense of Abkhazia as a Russian military colony – a view not favourably received throughout the world.

THE August 2008 war between Russia and Georgia was a true watershed. It was the first case of armed Russian intervention into another former Soviet republic.

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Professor Stefan Hedlund
It was the first time within the territory of the Former Soviet Union where internationally recognised borders were redrawn by military force
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