BBC NEWS | Europe | Russia to boost Abkhazia presence
Besides what is above, Russia is also beginning to offer Russian citizenship to the residents of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. So here is the question, is Russia simply trying to help these break away regions in order to build their own coalition with pro-Russian states to counter Georgia and others Pro-Westernism, or is Russia attempting to reabsorb the former Soviet Bloc states?Russia is to spend almost $500m (£300m) next year reinforcing its military bases in Georgia's breakaway region of Abkhazia, the prime minister says.
Vladimir Putin's announcement came as he arrived in Abkhazia for talks.
He said Russia was committed to defending and financing the small strip of land in Georgia's north-west corner.
Moscow officially recognised the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia following the war a year ago between Russia and Georgia.
Apart from Russia only Nicaragua recognised the regions' independence in the conflict's aftermath; both areas are still widely held to remain part of Georgia.