Medvedev makes surprise visit to Abkhazia: AFP

8th August 2010, Comments 0 comments

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Sunday made an unannounced visit to the rebel Georgian region of Abkhazia, two years after Moscow fought a war with Tbilisi, an AFP correspondent reported.

Medvedev held talks with Abkhazia's rebel leader Sergei Bagapsh and toured the sea embankment of its main city Sukhumi, in a visit likely to infuriate Tbilisi which insists the region is an integral part of Georgia.

The August 2008 war saw Russian forces pour into Georgia after fighting broke out over another Moscow-backed rebel region, South Ossetia, and later over Abkhazia itself.

Moscow then recognised the two breakaway regions as independent states -- a move so far followed by only a handful of countries and condemned by the West.

© 2010 AFP

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