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16.02.2015

16th of February 2015, Sukhum. The President of the Republic of Abkhazia Raul  Khadzhimba met with the Russian delegation led by the assistant to the President of the Russian Federation Vladislav Surkov. The delegation included the Minister of the Russian Federation on North Caucasus Lev Kuznetsov; head of the Russian Federation Presidential department for socioeconomic cooperation with member states of the Commonwealth of Independent States, the Republic of Abkhazia and the Republic of South Ossetia Oleg Govorun; deputy Minister of the Russian Federation on North Caucasus Andrey Reznikov; the deputy head of the Russian Federation Presidential department for socioeconomic cooperation with member states of the Commonwealth of Independent States, the Republic of Abkhazia and the Republic of South Ossetia Denis Travin, and the head of the executive office of the assistant to the President of the Russian Federation V.J. Surkov Aleksandr Pavlov.

Within the frame of the visit of the Russian delegation work meetings were conducted with the Republic of Abkhazia’s leadership and officials.

The issues of preparation for the realization of the Investment program of assistance to socioeconomic development of the Republic of Abkhazia for 2015-2017 and the assessment of the completion of construction of the objects which were part of the realization of the investment program of assistance to socioeconomic development of the Republic of Abkhazia for 2014 were on the agenda of the meeting on the realization of the Investment programs of assistance to socioeconomic development of the Republic of Abkhazia. In the beginning of the meeting the President of the Republic of Abkhazia R.D.  Khadzhimba noted the trustworthy and partnership nature of Abkhaz-Russian relations and expressed hope for the support by Russia of the measures and actions aimed at development of the real sector of economy of Abkhazia and the creation of environment for qualitative improvement of the socioeconomic situation in the country. V.J. Surkov noted that despite some negative occurrences in Russian economy the leadership of Russia made a decision not to reduce the amount of the financial aid given to Abkhazia but to double it – which makes it 9,3 billion rubles. The Russian side marked out the successful overall results of the realization of the Investment program for 2014 in the frameworks of which 50 objects were put in commission and 4 objects are to be put in commission by the end of February 2015. The sides highlighted the need to create transparency in administration of the issues of realization of the Investment program.

On a meeting on preparation of the legal arrangements covered by an Agreement between the Republic of Abkhazia and the Russian Federation on alliance and strategic partnership. The sides discussed intermediate results of the work of the Abkhaz side in preparation of sectorial agreements in the spheres of defense and security and social security.

Ending the meeting Surkov noted: “We reaffirm the warranties of the Russian Federation, the old ones and the new ones related to the execution of the new Agreement. I would like to remind that the financing of the programs on socioeconomic development of Abkhazia initially stood at 4 billion rubles, but after the execution of the Agreement this sum increased and now stands at 9 billion rubles. The situation in Russia today is not easy, there is a cutdown in spendings but the President of the Russian Federation satisfied the request of the vice-premier Khloponin and made a decision not to reduce the expenses related to support of Abkhazia. We here are talking about 9,3 billion rubles and of course the Abkhaz side knows better how to spend this money. Today we also discussed the issues of the development of the real sector. The investment agency created in Russia for the development of Abkhazia is able to handle more than 3 billion rubles besides the budget-stipulated sum and is an important source of the development of the projects related to the real sector of economy of Abkhazia. I think that we have a clear and optimistic future ahead of us”.

In conclusion of meetings R. D.  Khadzhimba said: “We had a meaningful and useful talk. The Russian Federation will continue to provide financial assistance. The Investment program is going to be implemented. Besides roads, social objects and other infrastructure we are interested in the objects aimed at the development of the economy of Abkhazia. There is a number of issues that is going to be resolved these coming days and I am sure of the positive results. Talking about social sphere, we are now building social objects not budgeting the subsistence resources. That is why we will have to appeal to Russian Federation for assistance again. We do not have our own resources for these purposes yet, although I would like to highlight that we are working in this direction. Owing to our efforts in tax sphere, we have advanced showings in tax collection. We have to develop the real sector of economy that is related to agriculture, tourism, and energy. We discussed all of these issues. They will be addressed”. 



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