Thursday, August 28, 2008

Russia Recognizes South Ossetia and Abkhazia

The Russian Federation has officially recognized South Ossetia and Abkhazia as independent countries. Russia claims the two regions cannot reasonable return to Georgian control after the war and therefore have the right to be independent. Another justification is Kosovo, where the West recognized the independence of the once Serbian province.

South Ossetians openly state their desire to join the Russian Federation within a Ossetian republic with North Ossetia. Abkhazia on the other hand seems to favor independence with an alliance with Russia. So far only Russia has recognized the breakaway republics but look for allies like Belarus to follow suit.

Ukraine and the Baltic states, with their large Russian minorities, are on guard worrying about Russia plans towards them with the continue to pull the Russian Bear's leg.


Unknown said...

This allready shows the difference with Kosovo. This would be like Albania invading Serbia to have Kosovo seperated from Serbia and afterwards Kosovo joining Albania.

There is a simpler word for that and that is called annexation.

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