Russia and Abkhazia sign partnership agreement

  • Russia and Abkhazia have signed a controversial agreement that will see them establish a collective defence system. 

  • Deal will see the breakaway Georgian region align economically and militarily with Moscow. 

  • Russia acknowledges Abkhazia as an independent state. 

  • The region, along with South Ossetia, was the subject of the brief 2008 war between Russia and Georgia.