Over the last several days the puppet regimes in Sukhumi and Tskhinvali have been the only sources of the fact of recognition of Abkhazia and the Tskhinvali region by the Pacific Ocean state of Tuvalu. According to their reports, documents concerning the establishment of diplomatic relations were signed by Prime Minister of the Pacific Ocean island state Willy Telavi in Sukhumi and Tskhinvali respectively on December 18 and 19th when the latter visited the occupied regions of Georgia. Moreover, information about this was issued by the Abkhazian and South Ossetian leaders only on September 23rd.
There has not been a confirmation from Tuvalu yet, and this raises reasonable doubts. Especially given the long, complicated and utterly false epic of the recognition by Vanuatu. As you know, in the end it turned out that Vanuatu has not recognized Abkhazia after all. Those doubts were reinforced by information of the Russian Foreign Ministry issued on September 25th about a meeting of the chief Russian diplomat Sergei Lavrov and Mr Telavi in the fields of UN General Assembly. According to official information, the parties discussed "promising areas of bilateral cooperation", including such vital industry as fishing. Following the talks, Willy Telavi agreed to establish diplomatic relations with Russia. But not a word was said about Abkhazia and South Ossetia...
However, given that by the current constitution the head of this tiny state is the British monarch, the fact that was emphasised by the Russian media itself, it is easy to assume that approach to the "recognition" of Abkhazia and the Tskhinvali region will change several times, as was the case with Vanuatu. Accordingly, the puppet regime should not be in too a festive mood. Especially when the Russian media and experts themselves say that under such conditions one can expect anything from states, the main source of income of which is recognition or non-recognition of some amorphous entity. Especially when tiny island nations in the region are drowning in the vast expanses of ocean.
For information: Tuvalu is a country located on five atolls and four islands of the archipelago of Tuvalu (atoll is a coral island that encircles a lagoon partially or completely). The total area of Tuvalu is 26 square kilometres with population of 12 177 people.
If we consider that Russia lays a claim to the territory of 160 square miles in Gagra area - wants to lay its hands on it, then there is no difficulty to calculate how many Tuvalus will fit on the territory. But by the number of people Aibga is indeed behind Tuvalu, and there are many undeveloped empty areas. However, the majority of small Pacific Ocean island states, including Tuvalu, are gradually sinking, that scientists and experts associate with rising levels of water in the ocean caused by global warming. In return for recognition the grateful puppet regime will, perhaps, offer the people of Tuvalu the territory of Aibga, and thus it will fill empty Abkhazia even if just a bit.
It must be said that the Kremlin and its puppet regimes can use "recognition" of such countries to strengthen its position before the international community, citing a helpless argument that if small states can be independent, more, be members of the UN, then why international recognition of relatively large entities cannot happen. But here, we are dealing with concealment of the historical reality and attempt of falsification of facts.
In particular, Tuvalu, like other island nations, which, though only verbally, but still declared support for the independence of Abkhazia, have been historically independent, until Spanish and British explorers did not open them for the civilization.
For information: Islands of Tuvalu were discovered by Spanish navigator Alvaro de Mendana. The islands came under Britain's sphere of influence in the late 19th century. The name Ellice was applied to all nine islands and in 1916 they become part of the British colony of the Gilbert and Ellice Islands. In 1974, the Ellice Islanders voted for separate British dependency status as Tuvalu. Tuvalu became fully independent within the Commonwealth on October 1, 1978.
As for Abkhazia, historically it has always been a part of united Georgian kingdom. Given this, drawing parallels in this matter will be another attempt of Russia to legitimize its own military aggression and ethnic cleansing carried out against Georgians in this occupied territory.
Also we cannot ignore a financial side of this recognition. Everyone knows how many tens of millions of U.S. dollars Russia allocated for the recognition of Abkhazia. However, if one considers that the small island state that declared about the recognition is practically a neighbour and also in the perimeter of political activities of the Russian Embassy in Australia, "progress" made in the matter of recognition of the occupied territories of Georgia can be regarded as an expansion of the territory of Russia through direct procurement. On this basis, it is possible that after the occupation of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, where Russian flags are flying, the two-headed eagle can be seen over the Polynesian islands as well.
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