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SUKHUMI, March 22 (RIA Novosti) – The president of the breakaway Georgian republic of Abkhazia on Friday condemned the seizure by Georgia of a ship headed for Turkey as an act of piracy.
President Alexander Ankvab said the incident marks the latest in a string of similar seizures.
The ship, which was headed for the Turkish port of Trabzon, was this week intercepted by Georgian border guards in the Black Sea while carrying 600 tons of fish flour and 300 tons of fish oil.
Georgian authorities escorted the vessel to the port of Poti and the nine crewmembers, including two Russian nationals, two Ukrainians and five Azerbaijanis, were detained.
Both had enjoyed de facto independence since the early 1990s, following earlier conflicts with Georgia.
Georgia repeatedly accused Moscow of aiding separatist movements in Abkhazia and South Ossetia at that time.
Moscow provides the breakaway republics economic and military support and has recognized their independence.
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- Mikhail1228Ships need to fly the Russian flag!23:10, 22/03/2013Russia needs to have these ships fly the Russian flag. They also apparently need to provide escort. If a Georgian ship then tries to use force the Russian escort ship will fire warning shots. If the ignore these then the Georgian ships will need to be sunk!!
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