On August 16, President of the Republic of Abkhazia Raul Khadzhimba presented Head of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Abkhazia Vasiliy Lunyov to the staff of the Ministry of Defence.
Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Republic of Abkhazia, President Raul Khadzhimba handed Vasiliy Lunyov a standard of the Head of the General Staff.
“The leadership of the General Staff of the Armed Forces, which is an operational management body, has the tasks of strengthening the combat readiness of all units that are part of the Ministry of Defence, and also of cooperating with other law enforcement bodies and their subdivisions. It also cooperates closely with the units of the Russian army that are stationed in the Republic of Abkhazia.
In accordance with the agreements that have been signed during the previous years, it is important for us to create conditions for cooperation and strengthening of the country’s defence capacity.
Today’s world is complicated. Different processes take place around us, and they require good army training, cohesion, and cooperation with our strategic partner. Together with its Western partners, Georgia does not stop trying to attempt revenge and find a military solution to the issue of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. In these conditions, our task is to be always ready. This is why it is necessary for the entire personnel and leadership of the Ministry of Defence to demand an extremely high level of discipline from themselves and their subordinates, to bring up the new recruits in the spirit of patriotism and dedication to their Homeland. These are the qualities that allowed us to win the war and to preserve the unity that helped Abkhazia become successful as a state in the most difficult, postwar period.
I would like to comment on the work of the former Head of the General Staff Anatoliy Khrulyov. From 2015, he was doing important work to prepare many agreements in the field of military and technical cooperation with the Russian Federation and to increase the fighting capacity of our army. We express gratitude and wish him success in life.
Today’s leadership has a task that is no less difficult – to continue the work of strengthening the relations that we have been building with the Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation in recent years.
I do not doubt that the current leadership of the General Staff will do everything to make our army stronger”, - said the Head of State.
Minister of Defence Mirab Kishmaria expressed confidence that all tasks will be completed by the Head of the General Staff.
Vasiliy Lunyov thanked the leadership of the Republic of Abkhazia for the trust.
“I think that my main task is to maintain the high combat readiness of the Armed Forces to ensure peace and security on the territory of the Republic of Abkhazia. Not only does the General Staff of the Armed Forces, but also all law enforcement bodies have to work hard to ensure the safety of the people. I think that this issue will be solved together with the Russian Federation and the people of Abkhazia and that the Republic of Abkhazia will move forward with confidence”, - said Vasiliy Lunyov.