Russia confirms support of Abkhazia’s and Ossetia’s independence

Russia confirms support of Abkhazia’s and Ossetia’s independence

20 Mar, 10:29 PM

Russia confirmed its support of Georgia’s breakaway provinces bid for independence on Thursday.

“There is no way back," Andrei Nesterenko, a spokesman for the Foreign Ministry, was quoted by Ria Novosti as saying.

"Abkhazia and South Ossetia have been recognized by Russia as independent states and they should be treated equally. Other approaches are unacceptable," he said.

The Ministry was responding to an earlier statement from Davaid Bakradze, a spokesman for the Georgian parliament, UPI news agency adds. He said that Georgia would like to begin talks with Russia, with the goal of improving relations, but only if Russia recognizes that the breakaway regions are part of Georgia.

Russia, however, answered with a refusal.

"This is a new element in the approach, but it must not be on the condition of territorial integrity,” Nesterenko said.

Russia and Georgia have not had diplomatic relations since last year when Russia sent troops across the border after Tbilisi attempted to bring South Ossetia back under its control. Russia is the only country that recognizes the two regions as independent states.

Tags: Abkhazia, South Ossetia, Georgia, war in Ossetia

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