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Abkhaz President Sergey Bagapsh: "Georgia hammered the nail
into the coffin of its own territorial integrity"

   
Nikolay Barsegov. — 23.08.2008

The Abkhaz looked upon Russian President Dmitriy Medvedev's visit to Sochi — just a stone's throw from the Abkhaz border — as a good omen. Earlier that day, Abkhazia officially appealed to Russia to recognize the republic's independence. Ever since, journalists have been swamping Abkhaz President Sergey Bagapsh with questions about   this issue.   

"Is the question about Russia recognizing Abkhazia's independence already solved?" I asked.   

"We certainly consulted with Russia's leadership on this issue. I honestly don't the decision Russia will make, but I hope will be the right one," he said. "The whole world knows the South Ossetians and Abkhaz are incapable of living with the Georgians. Georgia hammered the nail into the coffin of its own territorial integrity thanks to this recent genocide and aggression."   

"Are you hoping other countries will recognize your nation's independence?" I asked.   

"The recognition process is long-term and complex. As a first step, most importantly, we need Russia to recognize our independence. That will be enough for now. We also hope to receive recognition from Belarus, Cuba and Venezuela. We are also expecting assistance from the large Abkhaz Diaspora in Turkey. The war is supposed to be over, but the tension remains. An unknown airplane flew above the country yesterday night. Warning shots were fired from our military boats and the airplane veered to the west. We have intelligence about provocation along the new Georgian-Abkhaz line... This is why the Russian soldiers haven't left the western zone."

 
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South Ossetia and Abkhazia to follow in Kosovo's footsteps?

After Kosovo declared independence in February this year, Russia warned that other breakaway regions would follow suit. It now seems that the Pandora's box has been opened.

August 25, 2008, 15:46

The first regions to take the opportunity are Georgia's breakaway republics. The leaders of South Ossetia and Abkhazia immediately looked towards Moscow to demand the prize Kosovo had been granted by other countries.

Georgia had unsuccessfully attempted to bring the two regions under its control in by force in the early 1990s. A frozen conflict ensued, with Russian peacekeepers stationed in both regions.

Throughout this period the self-proclaimed republics held several referendums calling for full independence. The overwhelming majority voted to become separate sovereign states, but their will was not put into action. Now they hope to follow in Kosovo's footsteps.

Georgia doesn't want to let the two regions go for historical and territorial reasons. Georgia's president has offered the regions what he calls "broad autonomy", but after the recent invasion, Ossetians and Abkhazians may have little reason to trust the offer.

The return of the breakaway regions has been one of Saakashvili's main aims since he came to power in 2003. NATO membership is another ambition of the Georgian president, but unsettled territorial conflicts are a major obstacle.

Now Georgia's territorial integrity is being backed by countries which supported Kosovo's separation from Serbia. The EU envoy to the south Caucasus, Peter Semneby, says: “I will not overemphasise and pay too much attention to parallels. Every conflict has its specific character”.

However, the three regions share a common historical experience - a will to set up a state on their own and wars of independence with their central governments.

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Russian Parliament backs independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia

Russia’s Parliament has voted to ask the Russian President to recognise independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. In their addresses to each chamber of Parliament the presidents of the two republics have once again said they will never agree to remain within Georgia.

August 25, 2008, 14:10

MPs have gathered for special emergency sessions to debate the issue of the unrecognised states.

The Federation Council, the upper chamber, has also agreed that additional forces of Russian peacekeepers will be deployed in the conflict areas where the two breakaway republics border Georgia.

The lower chamber, the State Duma, meanwhile, has called on international parliamentary organisations and parliaments of the UN-member countries to recognise the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

As the emergency session of the Federation Council began in Moscow, the presidents of the two breakaway republics have once again said they will never agree to remain within Georgia.

In his speech, the President of South Ossetia, Eduard Kokoity, said that both unrecognised states have more right to independence than Kosovo.

“As President of South Ossetia and on behalf of the South Ossetian parliament and its people, with all gratitude to the President of the Russian Federation I once again call for the recognition of South Ossetia as an independent state,” he said before the senators.

Abkhazian President Sergey Bagapsh, for his part, said neither Abkhazia nor South Ossetia will live as one state with Georgia.

In his address the Speaker of the Duma, Boris Gryzlov, called Georgia's action a case of genocide and compared it to the aggression of Nazi Germany against the Soviet Union.

Even if Russia recognises Abkhazia and South Ossetia, the entire process will take a long time. There will be a need to decide what form their independence will take.

But if NATO makes a strong push to bring Georgia into the alliance, Russia will recognise both of them instantaneously, says RT’s political commentator Peter Lavelle.


Hard road to independence

South Ossetia, which borders Russia in the south Caucasus, and Abkhazia on the Black Sea had previously attempted to break away from Georgia following referendums which were overwhelmingly in favour of independence. The results were ignored by Tbilisi, which claimed the ethnic Georgians forced to flee the regions were not consulted. The recent conflict in South Ossetia has added further urgency to the demands for self-determination.

The roots of the current discord can be traced back to the divide and conquer policies of Joseph Stalin - himself half Georgian, half Ossetian. Before the 1917 revolution, the ethnic groups of the Caucasus all lived as separate subjects of the Russian empire. However, with the Bolsheviks came the redrawing of the map, with both South Ossetia and Abkhazia becoming parts of Georgia.

When the Soviet Union collapsed, the then Georgian leader Zviad Gamsakhurdia advocated a nationalist "Georgia for the Georgians" policy, re-opening old wounds. Two military conflicts followed, leaving thousands dead and forcing many more to flee the conflict zones.

The ceasefire in the early 1990s brought de-facto independence to both regions with the shaky truce maintained by peacekeeping forces of mainly Russian troops.

Russia has never recognised the independence of either republic, although Georgia has repeatedly accused Moscow of trying to annex its territory.

Since becoming president in 2004, Mikhail Saakashvili has pledged to bring his country closer to the West, which has also motivated his drive to end the territorial disputes.

Ossetians and Georgians have lived side by side for centuries. The two groups share Soviet history and the Orthodox Christian religion and intermarriage is common. But the ties that once bound their cultures have been severely damaged in the trauma of the recent fighting. Kosovo's self-declared independence in February, too, has boosted these regions' ambitions.

Most Abkhazians and South Ossetians carry Russian passports and the only valid currency is the Russian rouble. In addition, both self-declared republics have presidents, flags, national anthems, armies and Moscow’s support.

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Russian MPs back Georgia’s breakaway regions


25/08 20:16 CET

Both Russian houses of parliament have backed Georgian separatists’ drive for independence. It is a big boost for breakaway South Ossetia and Abkhazia but a move that is set to worsen Moscow’s already tense ties with the West.

First the upper house, then the State Duma unanimously approved resolutions urging the Kremlin to recognize the rebel regions as independent states. It was music to the ears of the separatist leaders whose impassioned pleas had been answered.

Addressing parliament, self-styled Abkhaz President Sergei Bagapsh called for support in the name of the future of his people and those of South Ossetia and the stable development of the Caucasus.
“There is no other way for Abkhazia and South Ossetia. We will never go back to the past,” he said.

Also present, his South Ossetian counterpart Eduard Kokoity branded Tbilisi’s failed bid to retake the territory as a turning point.
“Through their insane violence, the Georgian authorities have hollowed out a bloody and bottomless pit between Georgia on the one side and South Ossetia and Abkhazia on the other,” he said.
“Our two peoples are never, under any condition, going to live in the same state with Georgia.”

He thanked Russia for its military intervention in the crisis over South Ossetia. Like Abkhazia, it is regarded internationally as being part of Georgia.

Both enclaves have intensified efforts to have their self-declared independence recognized, notably with recent high-profile rallies.

The Kremlin opposed Kosovo’s decision to go it alone. Now President Dmitry Medvedev must decide whether Moscow will formally back two pro-Russian territories’ aspirations to do the same.

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Georgian sabotage detachment neutralized in South Ossetia
09:57 08/26/2008

South Ossetian interior ministry's force detained a group of Georgian military who had attempted to entrench in one of the republic's villages, interior minister Mikhail Mindzayev informed.

The incident took place in the Leningory region where the Georgian side attempted to occupy the Mosabruni village and get entrenched in it, specified Mindzayev. He stressed that Georgian saboteurs also seek to penetrate other villages. “We will supress their action, detain them, and eliminate them if they fight,” Mindzayev commented.

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Everyone morally responsible for S. Ossetia war - ombudsman Lukin
15:21 GMT, Aug 24, 2008

TSKHINVALI. Aug 24 (Interfax) - The political responsibility for
the events in South Ossetia lies on those who gave the orders to fire,
Ombudsman Vladimir Lukin told journalists on Sunday.

"There are three aspects to this conflict. The moral responsibility
lies on all of us who failed to agree between each other and prevent
this conflict, the political responsibility lies on those who gave the
orders to open fire. And, finally, the criminal one is on those who was
shooting at civilians," he said.

Despite the politicized approach to this conflict by the world
community, the situation is beginning to change for the better, he said.

For the first time since the collapse of the Soviet Union Russia
was able to carry out a large-scale humanitarian operation, Lukin said.

"Probably, for the first time since the break-up of the Soviet
Union we saw a manifestation of the impulse of the Russian humanitarian
aid," he said, commenting on Russian's actions in South Ossetia.

All international organizations have noted the efficiency of the
Russian humanitarian aid, he added.

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Georgian Defense Ministry units return to Senaki base
08:43 GMT, Aug 25, 2008

TBILISI. Aug 25 (Interfax) - Georgian regular army units returned
to their permanent location, the military base in Senaki, in the early
hours of Monday, the Georgian Defense Ministry told Interfax.

The Russian troops removed weapons and equipment from the base, and
the runway has been damaged, Interfax was told. Sappers are currently
demining the territory, the source said.

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Russia has never given consent to replace peacekeepers with OSCE force -Gen. Staff
09:51 GMT, Aug 25, 2008

MOSCOW. Aug 25 (Interfax-AVN) - Russia has never given its consent
to the replacement of Russian peacekeepers in the Georgian-Ossetian
conflict zone with forces of the Organization for Security and
Cooperation in   Europe, Russian General Staff Deputy Head Col. Gen.
Anatoly Nogovitsyn said.

"Since the Medvedev and Sarkozy plan is being interpreted
differently, we have to state once again that Russia has never given its
consent to a replacement of Russian peacekeepers in the conflict zone
with OSCE forces," Nogovitsyn said on Monday, opening a press briefing
for Russian and foreign reporters.

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Moscow is perplexed with Ukrainian backing of Georgian aggressionagainst South Ossetia
11:43 GMT, Aug 25, 2008

MOSCOW. August 25 (Interfax) - Moscow is perplexed with Ukrainian
backing of Georgian aggression against South Ossetia.

"Kyiv's position of unconditional support of Tbilisi aggression
against South Ossetia is extremely perplexing," Deputy Russian Foreign
Minister Grigory Karasin said in the interview with the Ogonyok
magazine.

"The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has produced some grievances and
instructions in respect of Russia, although it has not understood the
essence of the current events, it has not extended elementary compassion
following numerous and absolutely innocent victims of Georgian bombing
among the peaceful population of South Ossetia," he said.

"Moreover, the Ukrainian authorities unilaterally attempted to put
under their control the Black Sea Fleet of Russia, to hinder its
essentially peaceful operation near the Abkhaz coast. All this required
a response and firm action from Russia," Karasin said.

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Group of Georgian policemen arrested in South Ossetia - S. OssetianInterior Minister
14:06 GMT, Aug 25, 2008

TSKHINVALI. Aug 25 (Interfax) - A group of Georgian policemen was
arrested in the South Ossetian village of Mugut on Monday, South
Ossetian Interior Minister Mikhail Mindzayev told Interfax.

"Today, a group of Georgian policemen illegally entered the South
Ossetian village of Mugut in the Znauri district. They were arrested,"
he said.

Talks with the Georgian side about the policemen's return are to
begin shortly, the minister said.

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Group of Georgian policemen arrested in South Ossetia - S. OssetianInterior Minister
14:22 GMT, Aug 25, 2008

TSKHINVALI. Aug 25 (Interfax) - A group of Georgian policemen was
arrested in the South Ossetian village of Mugut on Monday, South
Ossetian Interior Minister Mikhail Mindzayev told Interfax.

"Today, a group of Georgian policemen illegally entered the South
Ossetian village of Mugut in the Znauri district. They were arrested,"
he said.

The policemen are absolutely safe. No measures have been applied to
them, Mindzayev said.

Talks with the Georgian side about the policemen's return are to
begin shortly, the minister said.

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Georgia has pushed itself out Abkhazia, S. Ossetia - Mironov
15:15 GMT, Aug 25, 2008

MOSCOW. Aug 25 (Interfax) - The Abkhaz and South Ossetian wish to
gain independence is the result of   the policies taken by Tbilisi,
Russian Federation Council Speaker Sergei Mironov said.

"The firm intention of Abkhazia and South Ossetia to withdraw de
jure from Georgia is not a whim of ambitious local elites but is the
result of an aggressive misanthropic policy by Tbilisi, a policy that
was adequately assessed by some top officials of the European and U.S.
diplomacy," Mironov told Interfax on Monday.

"It is not Moscow that cuts Abkhazia and South Ossetia away from
Georgia, but it is Tbilisi itself that pushes these republics out of
their state," he said.

The peoples of Abkhazia and South Ossetia do not want to see
themselves as Georgian subjects, he said. Initially, Tbilisi proposed an
autonomous status within Georgia to them, and then "elaborates with the
help of Grad systems on the practical aspects of this autonomy," Mironov
said.

"Recently, Russia was accused of disproportionate use of military
force against the Georgian troops and ascribed the plans to bring down
the legally elected Georgian president," he said.

"Now we are accused of encroaching upon the Georgian territorial
integrity, of seeking to annex South Ossetia and seize Abkhazia. In the
same way, Russia could be reproached of disproportionate use of military
force against the Wehrmacht, as well as of violation of theterritorial
integrity of [Nazi] Germany and causing the suicide of its legally
elected chancellor," he said.

However, the world community perfectly realizes, despite the brutal
propaganda war unleashed by the biased press, that the both peoples
possess a moral right for independence, he said.

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Russia recognizes Abkhazia, South Ossetia independence


26.08.2008 15:34

MOSCOW, Aug 26 (Prime-Tass) -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said in a televised broadcast Tuesday he had signed decrees to recognize the independence of Georgia's breakaway republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

"This is not an easy choice but this is the only way to save human lives," he said.

On Monday, Russia's parliament called on Medvedev to recognize the republics.

The move follows a large-scale military conflict between the two breakaway republics and Russia on one side and Georgia on the other side.

Abkhazia and South Ossetia declared independence from Georgia after military conflicts in the early 1990s, but no country had recognized them until now.

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Rogozin: recognition of S. Ossetia, Abkhazia is response to those whosuspected Russia of intending to annex them
11:26 GMT, Aug 26, 2008

MOSCOW. Aug 26 (Interfax) - The fact that the Russian president has
signed decrees recognizing the independence of Abkhazia and South
Ossetia is a response to those who accused Russia of planning to annex
them.

"The president's decision is a response to those political
structures that said that Russia needs new land, that Russia is an
occupier, that Russia is going to annex Abkhazia and South Ossetia, The
recognition of Abkhazia and South Ossetia as independent states means
there will be no annexation," Rogozin told a press conference in Moscow
on Tuesday.

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Dmitry Medvedev signs decrees of recognition of independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia
15:20 08/26/2008

On Aug 26, 2008, President of Russia Dmitry Medvedev signed decrees on recognition of independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. The President announced the decrees live on RTR air.

Dmitry Medvedev thoroughly explained political background of the recognition and Russia's political position, based on fundamental international legal documents. He said Russia calls on other states to follow suit and recognize state sovereignty of the long-suffered nations. He said that that was the only opportunity to save people's lives.

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Medvedev backs independence for Abkhazia and South Ossetia


August 26, 2008, 15:02
   
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has declared that Russia will recognise the independence of Georgia’s breakaway republics of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. He made the announcement in Sochi following a unanimous vote for the republics’ independence by both houses of the Russian Parliament in Moscow on Monday.   
   
We are all well aware of South Ossetia’s tragedy. The night shelling of Tskhinvali by the Georgian troops led to the deaths of thousands of civilians. Russian peacekeepers have died, but they did everything they could to protect the civilian population," Medvedev said in the announcement.      
   
“The Georgian government - breaking UN regulations and its obligations to the international community, running counter to common sense - started a military conflict which claimed many civilians’ lives. Tbilisi must have planned to carry out a ‘blitzkrieg’ and chose the most inhumane way to annex South Ossetia – by destroying its whole population.”   
   
Medvedev believes it can now be clearly seen that a peaceful resolution of the conflict was not in Tbilisi’s plans.   
   
“The Georgian leadership was getting ready for war step by step,” he said. “And on the night of August 8, 2008, Tbilisi made its choice. Saakashvili chose genocide as a means to solve his political tasks. Doing this, he destroyed with his own hands all hopes for the peaceful living of South Ossetians, Abkhazians and Georgians as part of one state.”   
   
“We understand that after what had happened in Tskhinvali, and what was planned to be done in Abkhazia, these people have a right to resolve their fates themselves. Presidents of both republics - basing their policies on the results of referendums and the decisions of the republics’ parliaments - turned to Russia, asking us to recognise the sovereignty of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.   
   
“The Federation Council and the State Duma of the Russian Federation voted in favour of these applications.   
   
“We respect the free will of the South Ossetian and Abkhazian people, and basing our actions on international regulations and documents, I have signed an order to recognise the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia by the Russian Federation. Russia is also calling on other states to follow suit.”
   
   
Hard road to independence   
   
South Ossetia, which borders Russia in the south Caucasus, and Abkhazia on the Black Sea, had previously attempted to break away from Georgia following referendums which were overwhelmingly in favour of independence. The results were ignored by Tbilisi, which claimed the ethnic Georgians forced to flee the regions were not consulted. The recent conflict in South Ossetia has added further urgency to the demands for self-determination.   
   
The roots of the current discord can be traced back to the divide and conquer policies of Joseph Stalin - himself half Georgian, half Ossetian. Before the 1917 revolution, the ethnic groups of the Caucasus all lived as separate subjects of the Russian empire. However, with the Bolsheviks came the redrawing of the map, with both South Ossetia and Abkhazia becoming parts of Georgia.   
   
When the Soviet Union collapsed, the then Georgian leader Zviad Gamsakhurdia advocated a nationalist "Georgia for the Georgians" policy, re-opening old wounds. Two military conflicts followed, leaving thousands dead and forcing many more to flee the conflict zones.   
   
The ceasefire in the early 1990s brought de-facto independence to both regions with the shaky truce maintained by peacekeeping forces of mainly Russian troops.   
   
Since becoming president in 2004, Mikhail Saakashvili has pledged to bring his country closer to the West, which has also motivated his drive to end the territorial disputes.   
   
Ossetians and Georgians have lived side by side for centuries. The two groups share Soviet history and the Orthodox Christian religion and intermarriage is common. But the ties that once bound their cultures have been severely damaged in the trauma of the recent fighting. Kosovo's self-declared independence in February, too, has boosted these regions' ambitions.   
   
Most Abkhazians and South Ossetians carry Russian passports and the only valid currency is the Russian rouble. In addition, both self-declared republics have presidents, flags and national anthems.   
   
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We have evidence of genocide - Russian investigators


Russian investigators say they have found evidence of genocide by the Georgian military against South Ossetians. The Head of Russia's Investigative Committee, Aleksandr Bastrykin, said that witnesses reported that Georgian soldiers were throwing cluster bombs into shelters where civilians were hiding.

August 26, 2008, 12:49

He also said that investigators came across the body of a pregnant women shot in the head.

Bastrykin added that more than 200 specialists continue to work in the region.

Russian MPs back independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia

On Monday, both houses of the Russian parliament have voted unanimously to ask President Dmitry Medvedev to recognise the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. MPs gathered for special sessions to debate the future of the unrecognised states. Georgia has repeatedly said it will never surrender its territories.

MPs gathered for special emergency sessions to debate the issue of the unrecognised states.

The Federation Council, the upper chamber, has also agreed that additional forces of Russian peacekeepers will be deployed in the conflict areas where the two breakaway republics border Georgia.

The lower chamber, the State Duma, meanwhile, has called on international parliamentary organisations and parliaments of the UN-member countries to recognise the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

As the emergency session of the Federation Council began in Moscow, the presidents of the two breakaway republics have once again said they will never agree to remain within Georgia.

In his speech, the President of South Ossetia, Eduard Kokoity, said that both unrecognised states have more right to independence than Kosovo.

As President of South Ossetia and on behalf of the South Ossetian parliament and its people, with all gratitude to the President of the Russian Federation I once again call for the recognition of South Ossetia as an independent state,” he said before the senators.

Abkhazian President Sergey Bagapsh, for his part, said neither Abkhazia nor South Ossetia will live as one state with Georgia.

In his address the Speaker of the Duma, Boris Gryzlov, called Georgia's action a case of genocide and compared it to the aggression of Nazi Germany against the Soviet Union.

Even if Russia recognises Abkhazia and South Ossetia, the entire process will take a long time. There will be a need to decide what form their independence will take.

But if NATO makes a strong push to bring Georgia into the alliance, Russia will recognise both of them instantaneously, says RT’s political commentator Peter Lavelle.

International reaction   

The EU was quick to react to the vote in the Russian Parliament. Brussels issued a statement saying both South Ossetia and Abkhazia should remain in Georgia.

The U.S., joined by Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, said Russia's stance on the breakaway regions is not acceptable. The Baltic states also said recognising the republics as independent states breaches international law and disrupts neighbourly relations.   

Germany has announced that it hopes President Medvedev will not accept the appeal.

A spokesperson for the German government recalled a meeting between Angela Merkel and Dmitry Medvedev, where the German Chancellor insisted the key to solving the conflict was maintaining the integrity of Georgia.

Britain said the Russian parliament's initiative would simply increase tension in the Caucasus.

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Russia Recognizes Independence of Georgian Areas


By CLIFFORD J. LEVY
Published: August 26, 2008


MOSCOW — Russia on Tuesday formally recognized the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, the two enclaves in Georgia whose separatist aspirations stirred the fierce conflict this month.

Acting a day after Russia’s Parliament unanimously supported the enclaves’ request to secede, President Dmitri A. Medvedev of Russia announced he had signed decrees recognizing their independence and blamed the Georgian president, Mikheil Saakashvili, for causing the bloodshed and forcing Moscow’s hand.

He said it was clear that the warring sides could never again live together, and South Ossetia and Abkhazia had to be independent.

“This is not an easy choice, but it is the only way to save the lives of people,” Mr. Medvedev said in a nationally televised address.

“It stands quite clear now: a peaceful resolution of the conflict was not part of Tbilisi’s plan,” he said, referring to the capital of Georgia. “The Georgian leadership was methodically preparing for war, while the political and material support provided by their foreign guardians only served to reinforce the perception of their own impunity.”

Few countries are likely to join Russia in extending recognition to the two regions. The move is expected to increase strains between Russia and the West. The United States and its allies have called for the preservation of Georgia’s territorial integrity.

European reaction was rapid and sharp, with Germany, Britain and France all criticizing the Russian move.

“This is in violation of the principle of territorial integrity, which is one of the basic principles of international law and this is therefore absolutely unacceptable, and I think the whole of the European Union will come forward in stating this very clearly,” the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, said during a trip to Estonia.

A spokeswoman for the British Foreign Office said, “We reject this categorically and reaffirm Georgia’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.”

“It does nothing to improve the prospects for peace in the Caucasus,” the spokeswoman said, according to Reuters.

Meanwhile, a French Foreign Ministry spokesman described it as “a regrettable decision,” the news agency said.

Russia’s stock market, which had already dropped in response to the conflict in Georgia, fell sharply after Mr. Medvedev’s announcement, with the benchmark RTS Index falling nearly 6 percent.

In recognizing the two territories as independent, Russia was making good on warnings it issued after Western countries recognized the independence of Kosovo, where NATO helped an ethnic Albanian population wrest independence from Serbia. Russia has few allies closer than Serbia, and the 78-day American-led bombing campaign in 1999 added to a building sense of Russian humiliation.

As president, Vladimir V. Putin — now the Russian prime minister — tried for years to prevent Kosovo from declaring its independence from Serbia. When the Kosovars went ahead, with strong American and European support, last February, Russia seemed ready to respond in kind.

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US ''doves'' bring to Georgia Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles
15:54 08/26/2008

NATO continues enforcing its forces in the Black Sea water zone. As for Aug 26 2008, the alliance's naval force includes 10 ships with eight more expected to arrive soon, Deputy Chief of General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces Anatoly Nogovitsyn informed on Aug 26. According to the Russian General Staff information, the NATO naval contingent in the Black Sea is today comprised of three ships of US Navy, one of Spain, one of Germany, one of Poland, and four ships of Turkey.

Besides, a US navy destroyer USS McFall is heading to a Georgian port of Poti. Her cargo is reportedly a humanitarian aid. However, what exactly is the cargo, is unknown. According to a source in the Defense Ministry, there are, in particular, about 50 Tomahawk cruise missiles designed for surface attacks on board of the vessel.

Russia's General Staff said it was ''perplexed'' with the extreme activity of the NATO naval forces in the North-East Black Sea sector. It is remarkable that humanitarian aid is brought from the USA by exclusively Naval ships and airplanes, as decided by US president George W. Bush.

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Russian General Staff: Tbilisi attempted to capture Abkhazia via South Ossetia
17:47 08/26/2008

In case of successful blitzkrieg in Tskhinval, Georgia planned to launch attack on Abkhazia. REGNUM correspondent reports Deputy Chief of General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces Colonel General Anatoly Nogovitsyn to inform on this the media community at a press conference in Moscow on Aug 26.

Nogovitsyn showed to journalists trophey maps on which a prepared military attack aimed to capture Abkhazia is graphically demonstrated. The operation was sopposed to be completed during a 24-hour-period, the general informed. By the end of the assault's first day, Georgian armed forces command planned to reach the objective of the city of Novy Aphon, proceeding to occupation of the republic's capital Sukhum.

Nogovitsyn specified that the land phase of the operation of capturing Abkhazia was supposed to be preceded by a powerful preassault bombardment. The H-hour signal was to be received by the Georgian forces at dawn, hence the operation code name, Nogovitsyn informed. The Georgian leadership decided to avoid the forced resolution of the Georgian-Abkhaz conflict only because the blitzkrieg in South Ossetia failed. ''The courage of Russian peacekeepers, the action of South Ossetia's power officers, and the immediate decision to deploy 58th Army units in the conflict zone made possible curbing the Georgian aggression against Abkhazia,'' Nogovitsyn said.

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Georgia may sever diplomatic relations with Russia
13:03 GMT, Aug 26, 2008

TBILISI. Aug 26 (Interfax) - Georgia may sever diplomatic relations
with Russia in response to the recognition by Moscow of the independence
of Georgia's breakaway provinces South Ossetia and Abkhazia, the head of
the Georgian parliament's international affairs committee said on
Tuesday.

"Severance of diplomatic relations is one of the measures of
expression of protest in relations between states. In this case, where
Russia has recognized the independence of the separatist Georgian
regions, Georgia has the legal basis for such a move," Lasha Zhvania
told reporters.

   
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