Abkhazia–Turkey relations

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Turkish-Abkazian relations
Map indicating locations of Abkhazia and Turkey



Abkhazia–Turkey relations refers to the relations between Abkhazia and Turkey. Although Turkey has not recognized Abkhazia's independence and regards it as de jure part of Georgia, the two governments reportedly have secret ties.[1]


On 22 September 1996, Turkey announced that residents of Abkhazia would no longer be allowed to travel to Turkey on Soviet-era identification documents, and would instead have to obtain Georgian passports.[2]

In July, 2009, Abkhazian Foreign Minister Sergei Shamba said that the Abkhazian government has certain contacts with the government of Turkey; negotiations on resumption of air and sea communication are being held.[3]

However since Turkey does not want to antagonize its neighbor and important trading partner Georgia of which Abkhazia is de jure part of, Turkey maintains a strict trade embargo on Abkhazia.[1]

Several Turkish ships heading to Abkhazia have been seized by Georgian naval forces in international waters due to the Georgian sea blockade of Abkhazia.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c [1]
  2. ^ The Jamestown Foundation (24 September 1996). "ABKHAZIAN ACCESS TO TURKEY CURBED.". Monitor 2 (177). Retrieved 10 January 2012. 
  3. ^ "Shamba: Abkhazia establishes relations with Turkey". Georgia Times. 2009-06-11. Retrieved 2009-08-28.