12 Jan 2020 19:27

Russian presidential aide Surkov arrives to Abkhazia

SUKHUM. Jan 12 (Interfax) - Russian Presidential Aide Vladislav Surkov arrived to Abkhazia on Sunday evening, the Abkhaz presidential administration told Interfax.

"Surkov is expected to meet with President of the republic Raul Khajimba," he said.

Abkhaz First Deputy Prime Minister Daur Arshba has earlier told reporters about Surkov's planned visit. "Vladislav Surkov is expected to arrive in Sukhum in the evening. The visit is linked to a complicated situation in Abkhazia and its settlement," he said.

Earlier on Sunday, the Abkhaz Central Elections Commission (CEC) has set the date of the repeat presidential election for March 22, 2020.

Following that, Abkhaz President Khajimba had talks with opposition members. The meeting took place with mediation of Deputy Secretary of the Russian Security Council Rashid Nurgaliyev.

On January 10, the cassation board of the Abkhaz Supreme Court ruled to invalidate the CEC's decision to name Raul Khajimba the winner in the second round of the presidential election held last fall. The Supreme Court's cassation board also overturned a lower court's ruling that upheld the CEC's decision.