On 5 March, the de facto government of Abkhazia closed two of the three remaining checkpoints between Abkhazia and Tbilisi-controlled territory — the Khurcha–Nabakevi (Bataiguara) and Orsantia–Otobaia (Bgoura) crossings.
Two Georgians were detained for illegally crossing the de facto border with South Ossetia, Sputnik Abkhazia, a Russian state owned media organisation reports. Two women from Tbilisi — Shorena Balakhadze, 29, and Laura Balakhadze, 26, — were detained by the State Security Committee of South Ossetia, in the village of Balta. Sputnik Ossetia writes that the two were travelling to South Ossetia ‘searching for better life’.
The de facto republic of South Ossetia is considering opening up trade with the rest of Georgia. However, the proposals are meeting resistance from those opposed to trading with their ‘enemy’.
The Parliament of the de facto Republic of Abkhazia has voted for a bill increasing the fine for illegal crossing of the border.