On August 8, on the tenth anniversary of the start of the August War in the Republic of South Ossetia, President of the Republic of Abkhazia Raul Khadzhimba visited the Embassy of the Republic of South Ossetia in the Republic of Abkhazia.
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of South Ossetia in the Republic of Abkhazia Oleg Botsiev opened the meeting with words of welcome.
“It became a tradition to gather here in the Embassy on August 8 to honour the memory of the killed innocent civilians of South Ossetia, Tskhinval, Russian peacekeepers, home guard, the defenders of Tskhinval, soldiers and officers of the Russian army. Dear guests, I am asking you to honour the heroic defenders of South Ossetia with a minute of silence”, - he said.
Oleg Botsiev expressed gratitude to the leadership and people of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Abkhazia for the help and support that was given in 2008 and continues to be given today.
The President remarked that an important task for Abkhazia and South Ossetia is to pass on the memory of the tragic events and victims of war to the future generations.
“Ten years ago, a treacherous attack by Georgia did not solve the tasks that it had. The heroic South Ossetian nation endured and gained victory. Everyone who wanted this state to grow and develop stood by its side, especially the Russian Federation that did everything to prevent the irreparable.
The relations of Abkhazians and Ossetians originate in the depths of centuries. Our task is to develop them and to create conditions for the political, economic and military development of our states. Eternal memory to all those who lost their lives while defending the republic. Eternal memory to every innocent victim. We should remember about this and pass on the memory to the future generations so that such tragic events would not happen again”, - said the Head of State.
On behalf of Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation Aleksey Dvinyanin, Counselor-envoy of the Embassy of Russia in Abkhazia Yuri Yasnosokirskiy conveyed words of solidarity with the people of South Ossetia on the day of the tenth anniversary of the August War.
“The events of ten years ago, when the leadership of Georgia committed an act of aggression against the South Ossetian nation led to many civilian deaths. Our compatriots, our peacekeepers and soldiers also lost their lives. In honour of their memory, Russia will provide the security of both the Republic of South Ossetia and the Republic of Abkhazia”, - said Yuri Yasnosokirskiy.