Putin Says No Turning Back on Abkhazia, S.Ossetia (11.03.12)
Russia will not reverse its policy towards Abkhazia and South Ossetia, said Vladimir Putin, who won Russia’s presidential election on March 4.
Asked after the early results of election was announced if there would be any change in Moscow’s policy towards Sokhumi and Tskhinvali after his return to the Kremlin, Putin responded: “It is ruled out. We will not return back.”
Reports say that Putin received over 90% of votes in Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
A local news agency in Tskhinvali reported that 15,839 voters turned out at polling stations on Sunday for Russia’s presidential election and 92.7% of them voted for Putin.
Abkhaz news agency, Apsnipress, reported that 74,135 voters cast their ballot in Russia’s presidential election in Abkhazia, 90.9% of which voted for Putin.