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Abkhazia plans to reestablish air links with Russia in September

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SUKHUMI, August 31 (RIA Novosti) - Abkhazia plans to restore regular flights between its capital, Sukhumi, and Russia, the head of the Sukhumi airport told RIA Novosti on Sunday.

"We are holding talks with Russia's minister for transport. We would like to...start work in the near future - in the next month," said Vyacheslav Eshba.

Russia recognized both Abkhazia and South Ossetia as independent states on Tuesday.

Eshba said initial flights would be to Moscow and the southern Russian cities of Rostov-on-Don and Krasnodar.

He also said that the airport could eventually see flights to other countries, including Turkey, where many Abkhazians live.

Eshba also added that Abkhazia was also planning to eventually launch its own national air carrier.

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