Leader of Abkhazia to discuss restoration of airport in Sukhum with President of Russia

Raul Khadjimba, head of Abkhazia, said that he intends to discuss the restoration of the Sukhum airport with the President of Russia Vladimir Putin at a meeting in Sochi, Russia.

“We will discuss important issues of the economic, financial situation of the country, airport issues … Now we are busy preparing the necessary documentation for the restoration of the airport, attracting a sponsor, and they do not refuse,” Mr. Khadjimba said in his interview with the Abkhaz State Television and Radio Company.

Located 18 kilometers from the city, the Sukhumi airport was built in the 1960s, and until 1993, when it was closed, it could take up to 5,000 passengers a day during peak summer for the Black Sea coast. The 3.6-kilometer long runway allows the airport to take almost all types of civilian aircraft.

At the end of July 2019, the authorities of Abkhazia decided at a cabinet meeting to restore the Sukhumi airport for international flights. The airport was given the status of co-location and assigned the international code URAS, where the first letter denotes the post-Soviet space, and the second – Rostov air zone. After this action, the Georgian Foreign Ministry announced that the scheduled launch of international flights from Sukhumi airport contradicts the rules of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and Georgian law.

On August 26, 2008, Russia recognized the sovereignty of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, which were part of Georgia and had long sought independence from it. Russian leaders have repeatedly stated that recognition of the independence of the two former Georgian autonomies reflects existing realities and is not subject to revision. However, Tbilisi refuses to recognize the independence of these republics.

Source – https://ria.ru/

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