Speaking today at a press conference, Tamaz Nadareishvili, the Chairman of the Supreme Council of Abkhazia, said Russian Troops were being amassed in the autonomous republic. According to Mr. Nadareishvili, 'Russia began bringing in troops right before President Putin's statement. At this time there are thousands of Russian soldiers in Abkhazia'.
Avtandil Ioseliani, the head of Georgia's Department of Reconnaissance, said that 'In this connection, the aggravation of the situation in Abkhazia, including the Kodor Ravine, is not out of the question'.
Representatives of the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation commented on the state of affairs in the Sea of Azov
Russian President Vladimir Putin said at the meeting of the Valdai Discussion Club that Russia will never initiate military actions, including with the use of nuclear weapons