Russia Recognizes Abkhazia and South Ossetia
August 26, 2008

On-going series: Crisis in the Caucasus - 2008
The Russian / Georgian Conflict and Its Impact on Azerbaijan

The lower house, the State Duma, also approved a second resolution calling on parliaments worldwide to back independence for the separatist provinces.

In Sochi, Russia's Security Council is meeting today in an emergency session to discuss the situation, while in Moscow the focus will be on the country's future deteriorating relationship with NATO.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev says Russia recognizes Georgia's breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia as independent.

The pledge comes after a resolution calling on President Medvedev to recognize the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia sailed through both houses of the Russian parliament on August 25.

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