Russia likely to recognise Georgian breakaway regions of Abkhazia, South Ossetia

August 21st, 2008 - 1:52 pm ICT by ANI  

London, Aug 21 (ANI): A fresh confrontation between Moscow and the West was looming after Russia announced that it was preparing to recognise the independence of the two Georgian breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. Russia has indicated that it was no longer prepared to honour UN edicts on the breakaway provinces of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
The State Duma, Russia’’s parliament, has been recalled and will meet in emergency session on Monday to debate an Abkhaz appeal for immediate recognition of the region’’s sovereignty.
The South Ossetian rebel leader, Eduard Kokoity, said he would follow suit imminently, The Telegraph reported.
Russian acquiescence to the proposals would inevitably mark a serious escalation of the crisis in the Caucasus by further undermining a fragile ceasefire in the area and creating a fresh diplomatic rift with the United States and Europe.
Since the fall of the Soviet Union, Russia has signed 14 United Nations Security Council resolutions upholding accepting that Abkhazia and South Ossetia remain part of Georgia despite establishing rebel administrations after secessionist wars in the early 1990s.
But after crushing Georgia on the battlefield, Russia has indicated that it was no longer prepared to honour UN edicts on the breakaway provinces.
Earlier this week, Russia’’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told the world to “forget” about Georgia’’s territorial integrity.
Moscow is now signalling that it will move much quicker than expected in formally recognizing the two regions.
Sergei Mironov, speaker of the Duma’’s upper house or Federation Council, said a vote on recognition would be overwhelmingly passed. (ANI)

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