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Syria Signs Agreement on Tax-Free Trade with Sokhumi

The Syrian government signed on September 6 an agreement on trade and economic cooperation with representatives of the Russian-backed authorities of Abkhazia, envisioning the establishment of a tax-free regime between the two. The agreement was inked by Syrian Economy Minister Mohammad Samer al-Khalil and his Sokhumi counterpart, Adgur Ardzinba, during …

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U.S. Bans Aid to Syria Amid its Recognition of Abkhazia, S.Ossetia

The United States have added Syria to the list of the countries banned from receiving U.S. aid due to its recent recognition of, and establishment of diplomatic relations with Abkhazia and Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia. Although largely symbolic, since the Damascus does not benefit from any U.S. direct aid, the move …

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Abkhaz Leader Meets Bashar al-Assad in Damascus

Raul Khajimba, the Moscow-backed leader of Abkhazia, is on a four-day visit to Damascus, where he met with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on September 4 and signed an agreement on friendship and cooperation. According to the Abkhaz authorities, at the meeting, Khajimba thanked Assad for recognizing the independence of Abkhazia, …

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Georgian Citizen Killed in Syria

The Radio Way, a community radio station based in Georgia’s north-eastern Pankisi gorge, reported yesterday that a Georgian citizen Tamaz Batirashvili was killed in Syria. 38-year-old Batirashvili, native of village Birkiani in Pankisi gorge, who had reportedly left for Syria in 2013, died in a clash on July 24, according …

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Georgian MFA Condemns Syrian Agreement with Tskhinvali

The Assad regime’s recognition of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali regions, as well as its decision to establish diplomatic relations with the two territories, “has no legal power,” the press office of the Georgian Foreign Ministry (MFA) told Civil.ge on July 23. The MFA statement follows the visit of Tskhinvali “foreign minister” …

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Syrian Opposition Leader Denounces Abkhazia, S.Ossetia Recognition

Abdurrahman Mustafa, President of the Syrian National Coalition, a political platform uniting the main Syrian opposition groups, denounced Assad regime’s recognition of the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Mustafa, who represents the Syrian Turkmen Council in the Coalition, made the statement at his June 5 meeting with the Georgian …

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After Assad Debacle, Syrian Opposition backs Georgia

Precisely a month after Georgia has severed diplomatic relations with the Damascus following Assad regime’s decision to recognize Abkhazia and South Ossetia, Tbilisi has scored a point by achieving the backing of the Syrian opposition for its territorial integrity. Georgian Public Television has quoted Nasr al-Hariri, President of the Syrian …

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Syria Just Backed Russia’s Illegal Occupation of Georgian Regions

Op-ed by Mikheil Janelidze, the Foreign Minister of Georgia. This article originally appeared in the New Atlanticist, online publication by the Atlantic Council. Last week, Bashar al-Assad’s regime in Syria illegally recognized Abkhazia and Tskhinvali (so-called South Ossetia), two historic regions of Georgia, as independent states. This was done undoubtedly at the behest …

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Volker: US, Georgia enjoy strategic dialogue, close military ties

Voice of America’s Ani Chkhikvadze sat down with Ambassador Kurt Volker, U.S. Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations, to discuss Georgia’s domestic and foreign affairs. Recently, Syria’s Assad Government recognized occupied Abkhazia and Ossetia as independent states. Why do you think we saw this right now, especially given that Georgia, as …

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Deputy Foreign Minister Reports to Parliament on Syrian Recognition

Deputy Foreign Minister Davit Dondua, who oversees the country’s non-recognition policy, reported yesterday to the Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee on Syria’s recognition of the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. “Syria is not only our problem, it is a problem of the entire civilized world,” Dondua stressed after the committee …

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Four More States Denounce Syria’s Recognition of Abkhazia, S. Ossetia

Italy, Slovenia, Spain and Turkey have joined in the countries condemning Syria’s recognition of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia as independent states. On May 30, Italian Foreign Ministry underscored that the country “fully subscribes” to the European Union’s statement and that Italy reiterated its support to the territorial integrity of Georgia. …

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Seven More Countries, NATO Condemn Syria’s Recognition of Abkhazia, S. Ossetia

Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Ukraine and the United Kingdom joined in denouncing Syria’s recognition of Abkhazia and Tskhinvali Region/South Ossetia as independent states. Estonian Foreign Ministry said on May 29 that it deplores “blatant violation” of Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity “by Russia-backed Syrian regime.” “International community must stand …

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Syria Recognizes Abkhazia, South Ossetia

Syria has decided to establish diplomatic relations with Abkhazia and South Ossetia, making it the fifth United Nations member state to have recognized the two regions’ independence from Georgia. According to the Abkhaz “foreign ministry,” Sokhumi and Damascus “agreed on mutual recognition and establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries …

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The Race for the Fertile Crescent

Events of historic consequence are occurring in Syria’s eastern desert and the Euphrates valley. Out of the countless events of the Syrian war so far, the present moment may be the most important one in deciding the near geopolitical future of the Fertile Crescent. Daesh—the so-called Islamic State—is falling. Chances are, it will remain …

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