On November 24, Putin and Abkhazian leader Raul Khadzhimba signed the agreement between the two countries. The agreement foresees the forming of a common space for defense and security that includes creating a joint military group force that will fall under the subordination of both countries.
The parliament of Abkhazia has already ratified the document.
Russia recognized Abkhazia and another breakaway Georgian province, South Ossetia, as independent states in August 2008 following a five-day war with Georgia. In response to that, Georgia severed diplomatic relations with Moscow and declared the two Caucasian republics occupied territories.
Addressing the concerns around Moscow's closer military ties with Sukhumi, the Russian Foreign Ministry assured Washington earlier this month that the strategic partnership treaty was aimed at propping Abkhazia's statehood and defense capability and did not contain any provisions that could threaten other countries, including Georgia.
This and other issues may be tackled during the next round of international talks on the Transcaucasus region under the UN-EU-OSCE aegis in Geneva in March.