President of the Republic of Abkhazia




Below is a transcript of the beginning of the meeting between President of the Republic of Abkhazia Raul Khadzhimba and Adviser to the President of the Russian Federation Vladislav Surkov, who arrived in Abkhazia on a one-day working visit.

Participating in the meeting were Head of the Administration of the President Beslan Bartsits and Head of the Russian Presidential Directorate for Social and Economic Cooperation with the Commonwealth of Independent States Member Countries, the Republic of Abkhazia and the Republic of South Ossetia Oleg Govorun.

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Raul Khadzhimba: Vladislav Yuryevich, I am happy to see you. We have a lot to discuss. We have already done a lot of work to implement the Investment program of assistance to the socio-economic development of the Republic of Abkhazia and we have plans for the current year. We hope that most works will be completed this year, including projects which are important to us, since we would like to change the situation in the state for the better. Besides, we would like to discuss questions related to the preparation of design and estimate documentation. I am certain that these projects will be implemented soon.

Vladislav Surkov: Good afternoon, Raul Djumkovich. Thank you for finding time to meet. First of all, I would like to express my respect for you and to say that we are interested to see stability in the internal political situation in Abkhazia. I would also like to discuss those problems of which you spoke, since we are interested in fully implementing projects outlined in the Investment program. Besides, we would like to implement them as fast as possible, since it is our common plan and if we deviate from it, then it would not be good for us. Nevertheless, this work should not be completed at the expense of quality.

You know that thanks to the new agreement that you have signed with Russia, financial assistance has been increased significantly, including social expenses. Here we would like to discuss our plans for the next three years. We plan to discuss with you all aspects of this assistance. Of course, the article of expenditure to assist the Republic of Abkhazia is protected, even though the situation in Russia is difficult and some expenses are being reduced. Our obligations will be fulfilled, in accordance with your agreements with Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin. He instructed us not to deviate from the existing tasks and to move in the direction, which you have defined during your bilateral meeting. In my opinion, the Investment program is being implemented well. I am certain that it will continue like this in the future as well.

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