Russia buying Pacific support for Abkhazia 'a worry' - Australia | Pacific Beat

Russia buying Pacific support for Abkhazia 'a worry' - Australia

Russia buying Pacific support for Abkhazia 'a worry' - Australia

Updated 7 June 2013, 9:23 AEST

Australia has expressed concern to Russia about buying support from Pacific Island nations for the break away region of Georgia by offering aid funds in exchange for diplomatic recognition of Abkhazia.

A Senate estimates committee in Canberra has been told that two Pacific nations have recognised Abkhazia on the promise of funding and Vanuatu recently withdrew its recognition after the Carcasses government came to power.

Lachlan Strahan, the acting first assistant secretary, Pacific division in the Department of Foreign Affairs told the committee Russia actions were "a worry."

Speaker: Lachlan Strahan, Australian Department of Foreign Affairs

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