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September 20, 2021

Russia signs deal to build military base in Abkhazia

Russia and the Georgian rebel region of Abkhazia signed a deal yesterday allowing Moscow to build a military base on its soil, increasing its dependence on its sponsor and stoking tensions with Tbilisi, Reuters reported. The base will accommodate at least 3,000 Russian land troops, already stationed in the Black Sea territory, for at least 49 years, Abkhaz officials said. “This agreement creates a foundation for the development of Abkhazia as an independent state”, said Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, flanked by Abkhaz President Sergei Bagapsh, at a signing ceremony in the Great Kremlin Palace. Also yesterday, a top Russian general said Russia might deploy S-400 air defense systems in CIS states if the political decision is made “By decision of political leadership, the system might be deployed everywhere,” First Deputy Air Force Commander, Lieutenant General Vadim Volkovitsky said, quoted by RIA Novosti, Adevarul online informs. The decision follows Romania’s announcement that it would host elements of the US anti-missile shield in Europe.

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