Russian-Abkhaz Agreement On Rail Traffic

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On 20 October, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Aleksei Bolshakov and Abkhaz Prime Minister Gennadi Gagulia signed a protocol on the resumption of rail traffic from the Russia through Abkhazia to Tbilisi and Baku, Interfax reported on 23 October. Traffic was halted after the onset of hostilities between the Abkhaz secessionist government and Tbilisi in 1992; Russian and Georgian officials signed an agreement on its resumption during Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin's visit to Tbilisi in September. Also on 23 October, Russian border guards moved to blockade the Abkhaz port of Sukhumi as part of a move to disrupt sea traffic between Abkhazia and Turkey.

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