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Putin strengthens ties with Georgia breakaway region; Tbilisi protests

Nov 25, 2014    

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin signed a "strategic partnership" agreement with Georgia's breakaway region of Abkhazia on Monday, angering Tbilisi, which said Moscow was looking to annex the territory.The agreement drew strong criticism from NATO and the European Union.NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said in a statement the "so-called treaty" did not contribute to a peaceful and lasting settlement of the situation in Georgia and the Western alliance would not recognise it.EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said in a statement the agreement...

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