Bagapsh immediately rejected the offer, which he described as a "provocation." Abkhazia seceded from Georgia in the early 1990s and has been maintaining close ties with Russia since then.
Moscow, which supports the outgoing Abkhaz administration, has refused to recognize Bagapsh's victory and threatened an economic blockade if he goes ahead with his inauguration on 6 December.
Bagapsh has said that he will go ahead with his plans, "whatever the pressures."
(Imedi TV/Interfax/Regum Russia)