On December 27, President of the Republic of Abkhazia Raul Khadzhimba and President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin exchanged New Year and Christmas Congratulations.
Raul Khadzhimba's congratulation was as follows:
“Dear Vladimir Vladimirovich!
On behalf of the people and the government of the Republic of Abkhazia, I sincerely congratulate you on the New Year and Christmas.
In the past year, allied relations between Abkhazia and Russia were developing effectively for the benefit of our nations. We reached progress in the task of strengthening the legal basis of our relations, intensifying cooperation in the sphere of defence and security and moving forward on the path of socio-economic development.
I am certain that next year and afterwards, the Russian Federation will move forward under your leadership on its path as a strong, united and dynamically developing state, which has a great nation that is proud of its country and looks forward to the future with confidence.
I would like to express once again our gratitude, Vladimir Vladimirovich, for your special relationship with Abkhazia and for your personal efforts to support our state, provide for its security and assist its socio-economic development.
I wish you, dear Vladimir Vladimirovich, strong health and new successes in your state activities, and to the multinational people of Russia - peace, well-being and prosperity”.
The congratulatory telegram from Vladimir Putin was as follows:
“Dear Raul Dzhumkovich,
I sincerely congratulate you on the New Year and Christmas.
The past year demonstrated a gradual development of Russian-Abkhazian relations. I am certain that we will continue our common work of building relations of alliance and strategic partnership for the benefit of the brotherly nations of our states, and for strengthening peace, security and stability in the Caucasus region.
I wish you, dear Raul Dzhumkovich, strong health, happiness and successes, and to all citizens of Abkhazia - well-being and prosperity”.