Source Pravda.Ru

Russian Military Base in Abkhazia is an Understood Thing

President Dmitry Medvedev says Russia is to place a permanent military base in Georgia's breakaway republic of Abkhazia.

Abkhazia and South Ossetia, another separatist-held part of Georgia, declared independence after the 2008 Russia-Georgia war. Thousands of Russian troops are thought to have remained in the Moscow-sponsored republics, which Georgia and the West consider sovereign Georgian land.

Medvedev said at a news conference with Abkhazia's de facto leader on Wednesday that an agreement was signed to allow a Russian military base to operate there.

No time frame on the construction of the base, which is sure to redouble Moscow's tensions with Tbilisi, was given.

The Associated Press has contributed to the report.

Several years ago, a prominent Indonesian businessman who now resides in Canada, insisted on meeting me in a back room of one of Jakarta's posh restaurants. An avid reader of mine, he 'had something urgent to tell me', after finding out that our paths were going to be crossing in this destroyed and hopelessly polluted Indonesian capital.

Capitalism reduced Indonesian cities to infested carcases

Several years ago, a prominent Indonesian businessman who now resides in Canada, insisted on meeting me in a back room of one of Jakarta's posh restaurants. An avid reader of mine, he 'had something urgent to tell me', after finding out that our paths were going to be crossing in this destroyed and hopelessly polluted Indonesian capital.

Capitalism reduced Indonesian cities to infested carcases