Raul Khadjimba congratulated Minister of defense of Russian Federation Sergey Shoigu on his 60th birthday.
The text of the congratulatory telegram, in particular, says:
"You are deeply respected here in Abkhazia. Our nation will never forget the support and assistance that you provided during rough times of the Patriotic war of 1992-1993. We highly appreciate your contribution to the development and strengthening of Abkhaz-Russian relations.
In conditions when the relations between Abkhazia and Russia are stepping on a new level of alliance and strategic partnership, the cooperation between our countries in military sphere acquires a special importance. I have no doubt that close and effective cooperation between defense bodies of our countries will become a major contribution to the regional stability and security in Transcaucasia".