OREANDA-NEWS. The process of international recognition of Abkhazia is irreversible.  The republic has come a long way and established itself as a democratic state.  This was stated by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

 “First, Nicaragua received recognition, then Venezuela, Nauru, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, now Syria is among the countries that recognized Abkhazia,” Lavrov said.

 The Russian Foreign Minister expressed the corresponding opinion in a documentary film dedicated to the former president of the unrecognized republic, Sergey Bagapsh.

 According to Lavrov, the process of recognition of Abkhazia began at the time when Bagapsh was the president of the republic.

 From the point of view of international law, Abkhazia remains an unrecognized state, and almost the entire international community continues to consider Abkhazia as part of Georgia.  Abkhazia, where all the necessary state institutions of power and administration were created back in the mid-1990s, due to the unsettled international legal status, is in deep financial, economic, military and political dependence on the Russian Federation. 

The majority of the population of Abkhazia has Russian passports (since 2000, Russia has begun to actively offer its citizenship to the residents of Abkhazia and issue foreign Russian passports).  By some estimates, by 2006, more than 80% of residents received such passports.