Ossetian and Abkhazian Independence

From the FT:

Russian president Dmitry Medvedev on Tuesday recognised the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, the two Russian-controlled breakaway regions of Georgia, in a surprise move that provoked strong criticism from the US and the European Union.

So South Ossetia and Abkhazia declare independence from Georgia.  Russia recognises the independence, so says the Russian president.

But does Russia recognise the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia from Georgia, or the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia from everyone, including Russia?

Time will tell.

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2 Responses to Ossetian and Abkhazian Independence

  1. mitya says:

    Does it really matter? Russia really gets zero benefit from officially absorbing South Ossetia, so the current state of complete and under dependence on Russia will just continue.

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