On November 21 in Sochi, a meeting took place between President of the Republic of Abkhazia Raul Khadzhimba and President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin.
Vladimir Putin: Dear Raul Dzhumkovich, I am happy to see you. We have met this summer on the occasion of the anniversary of the recognition of the independence of the Republic. Now I will not dwell too much on our special relations of strategic alliance. We have agreed with you to meet again in a neutral environment and discuss the current work questions. There are probably lots of them. Commodity turnover is growing but at a slow pace, by 5% last year and by 2% in the 9-10 months of this year. Companies continue their work but I think that this is not enough. We have discussed this before as well, but additional efforts are needed to encourage economic development. I am happy to see you so that we could discuss in this informal setting all questions that you consider most important for the development of the Republic.
Raul Khadzhimba: Dear Vladimir Vladimirovich, I would like to express gratitude for the opportunity to meet with you. After our meetings in August, there are issues that we should discuss. Our meetings became traditional, and they show that relations between our states are developing. There is active work on the Investment program. There are successes. Also, projects done as part of the Investment agency’s work are important to us. There are facilities that have almost been completed. There are projects that have been completed and some facilities are already in use, particularly in the agricultural sector. Also, we have discussed projects that are carried out as part of the work of the defence institution – the Information and coordination centre. More than 94 projects have been implemented this year which demonstrate the intensity of relations between our military institutions. This is important to Abkhazia, and it is proof of our relations.