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Russia Says 2 Regions in Georgia Are Independent

August 26, 2018
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MOSCOW, Aug. 26 — Russia recognized the independence of two breakaway provinces of Georgia over the strong objections of the United States and much of Europe on Tuesday, escalating tensions in the region as Russian troops dug in on Georgian soil and U.S. warships prepared to deliver humanitarian… (Washington Post — 27 August, 2008)
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MOSCOW — Russia formally recognized the breakaway Georgian territories at the heart of its war with Georgia on Tuesday, heightening tensions with the West as the United States dispatched military ships bearing aid to a port city still controlled by Russian troops.

(Washington Post — 26 August, 2008)
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Russia has recognized the independence of the breakaway Georgian territories of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, President Dmitry Medvedev said Tuesday. (MSNBC — 26 August, 2008)
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GORI, Georgia, Aug. 22 — Russia pulled troops and armored vehicles out of vast swaths of seized territory and ended its 10-day occupation of this Georgian city Friday, but Georgian and foreign officials disputed Russia’s claim that it had complied with the terms of a recent cease-fire agreement. (Washington Post — 24 August, 2008)
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Russia formally recognized the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia in a challenge to the West. (New York Times — 27 August, 2008)
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Russia’s hopes of international support for its actions in Georgia were dealt a huge blow when the Asian security alliance denounced the use of force and called for respect for every country’s territorial integrity. (MSNBC — 13 hours ago)
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The move is expected to increase strains between Russia and the West, which supports Georgias territorial integrity. (New York Times — 26 August, 2008)
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Rusiia’s parliament will meet today to consider recognisingGeorgia’s two breakaway regions as independent, nearly three weeksafter Russian troops rolled into the neighbouring republic. (Sydney Morning Herald — 25 August, 2008)
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President Mikheil Saakashvili said Sunday that he would continue to pursue a policy of uniting Georgias two separatist enclaves under one flag. (New York Times — 25 August, 2008)
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While Russian Parliament voted unanimously to support independence for South Ossetia and Abkhazia, most Western countries support Georgias territorial integrity. (New York Times — 26 August, 2008)
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TBILISI, Georgia — Growing up in this capital, Svetlana Tikhonova remembers how proud her father, Petr, was of his medals. A Soviet Red Army pilot during World War II, he used to show them off to visitors, and on the annual holiday commemorating the end of the war, he would march down the street…

(Washington Post — 26 August, 2008)
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