Aslan Bzhania: Abkhazia perceived Georgia's attack on South Ossetia in 2008 as a direct threat

Sun, 08/08/2021 - 20:00

The support that was provided by our brothers is worth a lot - Bibilov

The Georgian invasion of South Ossetia in August 2008 was perceived by Abkhazia as a direct threat, the armed forces of the Republic were put on high alert, President of Abkhazia Aslan Bzhania told reporters on Sunday.

“By that time, there was already an interstate agreement with South Ossetia on the provision of military assistance. And these events in Abkhazia were perceived as direct aggression, - said Bzhania. "Allied relations were put to the test and have been withstood with honor."

President of South Ossetia Anatoly Bibilov, in turn, noted that many volunteers left Abkhazia in August 2008.

“Before their arrival, all the work had already been done by the structures of South Ossetia and the Russian armed forces, which forced Georgia to peace. But the fact that the volunteers from Abkhazia arrived means that they took the events that took place as a blow to themselves, it is absolutely obvious,” the head of state said.

He has added that Abkhazia then brought troops to the border with Georgia, "and in this regard, the support that was provided by our brothers is worth a lot."

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