I heartily congratulate you on account of a wonderful celebration – the Day of the International Recognition of the Republic of Abkhazia!
Seven years ago, on August 26, 2008, the President of Russia D.A. Medvedev signed the Decree on the Recognition of the Republic of Abkhazia as a sovereign and independent state. The international status of Abkhazia was strengthened significantly, and the political and economic situation in Transcaucasia went through considerable changes. By taking a difficult but right decision about the recognition of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, Russia confirmed its status as a global superpower.
The dream of the people of Abkhazia for their country to be recognised as a sovereign state came true. This dream was earned by the courage, blood and everyday labour of our citizens. Vladislav Ardzinba, the founder of the Abkhazian state, used to say that: “Every day, lived by us, every deed, done by us, in one way or another brings us closer to the day of the recognition”. Already in the 1990s, he could foresee the inevitability of the recognition of the Republic of Abkhazia by the Russian Federation.
The recognition ensured a speedy development of Abkhazia with the help and support of the Russian Federation. A lot was done to establish fully working relations between Abkhazia and Russia. To this day, the contractual legal framework of the Abkhazian-Russian cooperation is being developed, the economic and humanitarian ties are expanding, and the defence and security cooperation is deepening. After the signing of the Agreement on Alliance and Strategic Partnership, the Abkhazian-Russian relations achieved a new level of effectiveness, which fully meets the interests of the people of Abkhazia and Russia.
Today we stand before the task of achieving a speedy socio-economic development, a strengthening of governmental institutions, and a modernisation of all the spheres of society. Within a few years, it is necessary to achieve an appropriate level of self-financing, to strengthen defence and security, and to achieve the establishment of the most important principle of the rule of law. All this is also necessary so that the Republic of Abkhazia could become a valuable and responsible ally of Russia in international politics, and also to have more valid reasons to be recognised by other countries.
I am sure that the efforts of our state, our joint efforts supported by the Russian Federation, will lead to important and significant results for the citizens of Abkhazia.
We will definitely succeed!
On this wonderful day, I wish you, dear compatriots, peace and well-being.