Vladimir Putin Sparks Georgia Fury With ‘Annexation’ Deal in Rebel Region

Moscow, Russia:  Russia cemented control over neighbouring Georgia’s rebel Abkhazia region Monday with a “strategic partnership” deal that the Georgian government said amounts to annexation.

President Vladimir Putin signed the “alliance and strategic partnership” agreement which formalises Russian dominance of the tiny separatist region’s foreign policy, armed forces and economy, as well as placing Russian guards on the border with the rest of Georgia.

The Georgian government condemned the move as illegal. Continue reading