RF signs agrmnt with Abkhazia, S Ossetia on military coop


MOSCOW, September 15 (Itar-Tass) -- According to an instruction of the
Russian president, Russian Defence Minister Anatoly Serdyukov has
signed agreements on cooperation in the military sphere with heads of
the military departments of Abkhazia and South Ossetia Merab Kishmaria
and Yuri Tanayev on Tuesday.
`In accordance with the documents, Russia is given the possibility to
build, use and improve the military infrastructure and military bases
on the territory of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, as well as create a
joint grouping of troops both in the peace time and the war time,'
press secretary of the Russian defence minister Alexei Kuznetsov said
commenting on the signed agreements.
According to the agreements, the headquarters of the Russian military
base in Abkhazia will be dislocated in Gudauty, and in South Ossetia -
- in Tskhinvali. The strength of the personnel of each of the military
bases, as Kuznetsov said, will amount to 1,700 people.
The agreements on military cooperation of Russian with Abkhazia and
South Ossetia, which were singed in Moscow on Tuesday, in particular
- coordination of issues of strengthening of military security and
measures of trust;
- coordination of actions on issues of ensuring security and control
of the air space;
- interaction in issues in charge of naval forces, on ensuring sea
communications and security at sea (with Abkhazia);
- training of servicemen at military educational establishments of the
sides, joint training of military-scientific and
scientific-pedagogical cadres;
- sending of military specialists to ensure national military men and
military-technical cadres;
- interaction in the field of military intelligence;
- interaction on issues of military communications, systems of
automated direction;
- organization of military interstate transportations;
- meteorological, hydrological and topographic ensuring of troops, as
well as rear and technical ensuring of
years with automatic prolongation for another five-year periods.
`At present, draft interstate agreements between the Russian
Federation and the Republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia on joint
Russian military bases on the territories of Abkhazia and South
Ossetia are being worked out on the sidelines of the Russian Defence
Ministry,' Alexei Kuznetsov said.