Foreign Minister Inal Ardzinba and State Security Chairman Robert Kiut accused Western agents of fueling anti-Russian sentiment in Abkhazia. Lawyer Said Gezerdava spoke to Ekho Kavkaza about the message the authorities are sending to society and how it aligns with Abkhazian legislation.
On February 6, the Foreign Ministry released a joint statement from Foreign Minister Inal Ardzinba and State Security Service Chairman Robert Kiut. In their speeches, they both condemned Western policy as "pharisaic" and aimed at destroying statehood and resources. Ardzinba also accused Westerners of bringing nations to their knees. Kiut blamed destructive forces "from outside for creating an anti-Russian agenda" and warned of tough measures against those implementing anti-Abkhaz projects.
The statements lack specifics and are filled with vague and unsupported definitions. Robert Kiut fails to specify who the "destructive and hostile forces from outside" operating in Abkhazia are, how they entered the country, or how they artificially created an anti-Russian agenda. He also fails to mention what kind of "tough measures" he plans to impose on whom. There is no reference to any article or law in the Republic of Abkhazia that those spreading "destructive rhetoric" have violated.
Inal Ardzinba, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Abkhazia.
+ Inal Ardzinba, the Foreign Minister of Abkhazia appealed to Western countries: we will force you to respect us