Airport to be restored in Abkhazia – Parliamentary newspaper

Airport to be restored in Abkhazia

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Russia and Abkhazia will soon sign an agreement on the restoration of the Sukhum airport. This was announced by Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak at a meeting with the President of Abkhazia Aslan Bzhaniya in Sukhum, according to the website of the Government.

Novak arrived in Abkhazia at the head of a delegation that also included Igor Maslov, head of the presidential department for interregional and cultural relations with foreign countries, Dmitry Volvach, deputy minister of economic development, Evgeny Grabchak, deputy energy minister, and Mikhail Babich, deputy director of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation.

Novak said that Russia and Abkhazia have great potential in various sectors, primarily in tourism. He touched upon the issue of restoring the airport, which has not been operating since the Georgian-Abkhazian war of 1992-1993. Novak said that the signing of an intergovernmental agreement with Abkhazia on the restoration of the international airport “Sukhum” is planned in the near future.

The Deputy Prime Minister announced the discussion of these topics at the upcoming meeting with the Prime Minister of Abkhazia Alexander Ankvab, co-chairman of the commission on trade and economic cooperation between Russia and Abkhazia. “We will discuss all current issues, problems, we will solve them and move forward,” Novak said. In turn, Bzhaniya emphasized the importance for the residents of Abkhazia of the resumption of air communication with Russia.

Now Russian tourists get to Abkhazia by land transport, or fly to Sochi, and already there they transfer to a car or bus.

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