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Deutsche Welle reporters visit Abkhazia

Georgia Online
09:57 - 12 October '15

A group of reporters of the German broadcaster Deutsche Welle has visited occupied Abkhazia. The German reporters have expressed their impressions in the article published at the Deutsche Welle webpage.

“Abkhazia says it is an independent state and a buffer zone between Georgia and Russia, but situation is more complicated, the DW reporters’ group was assured,” the article says.

The reporters met with the so-called Foreign Minister Viacheslav Chikirba. He mentions Abkhazia as a European country remarking the Cold War period has returned.
“Many Abkhazians fear that Moscow aspires to gradual Anschluss wishing Abkhazia to become a part of Russia. The local MP Tengiz Jopua criticizes Moscow’s influence,” the edition writes.

According to Tengiz Jopua, Abkhazia cannot survive without direct military aid from Russia but at the same time Russia narrows the space for maneuvers.

The reporters visited Abkhazia in September. They were not allowed to interview Russian officials and make any footage.

“Deputy Head of the Gali District John Gularia accompanied the reporters and took them to the Russian base. The Abkhazian official asked the Russian Lieutenant to allow them to film bases from the distance. But the latter did not. Gularia insisted that anybody could take photos or videos. But the Russian official still refused, saying he didn’t know who we were. ‘What if you are Saakashvili’s friends?’, he asked. Gularia was angry as he was accused of cooperation with Georgia’s ex-president who has been persona non grata in Russia as well as in Abkhazia. “Here we do not need neither Saakashvili nor Hitler!,” the Abkhaz official said. The reporters group encountered the same problems while searching for an old path by means of which Abkhazians arrived in Georgia.

“A Russian border guard came out of the bushes. He took our Abkhaz companion’s documents and ordered us to return back in several minutes. The Abkhaz official protested, saying this was his village but still failed to assure the guard,” – Deutsche Welle is reporting.

According to the German reporters, despite such incidents, most Abkhazians still support Russian military aid in order to be protected from Georgia.

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