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Russian President Vladimir Putin will on Tuesday hold bilateral meetings with his Armenian and Abkhazian counterparts, Serzh Sargsyan and Alexander Ankvab, who are in Russia on a visit.

MOSCOW, March 12 (RIA Novosti) - Russian President Vladimir Putin will on Tuesday hold bilateral meetings with his Armenian and Abkhazian counterparts, Serzh Sargsyan and Alexander Ankvab, who are in Russia on a visit.

Armenia is a traditional priority partner for Russia. The two countries’ trade in 2012 grew 22.3 percent on the previous year to $1.2 billion.

For Sargsyan, the visit will be his first foreign trip since his February 18 reelection. The previous meeting between Putin and Sargsyan took place December 19, 2012 in Moscow.

“During the talks, the sides will discuss further development of Russian-Armenian relations, regional problems and prospects to deepen interaction in the CIS,” the Kremlin reported.

At a meeting between Putin and Ankvab, the sides will discuss bilateral relations. Last year's trade between Russia and Abkhazia totaled $292.2 million.

The two leaders, whose countries established diplomatic relations in September 2008, previously met in May 2012 in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi.

Georgia broke off diplomatic ties with Russia after the two nations fought a brief war in August 2008 over South Ossetia, which, like Abkhazia, broke away from Georgia after the Soviet collapse. Moscow has signed economic and military agreements with both republics since recognizing them as independent shortly after the 2008 war, and keeps ruling out any negotiations on their status. Most of the world's nations consider Abkhazia and South Ossetia part of Georgia's territory.

Updated to correct reference to 2008 war in final paragraph.

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Commonwealth of Independent States, Serzh Sargsyan, Alexander Ankvab, Vladimir Putin, Armenia, Abkhazia