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Russia has formally recognised the Georgian rebel regions of SouthOssetia and Abkhazia as independent states in a new challenge tothe West that has drawn sharp warnings of consequences. (Sydney Morning Herald — 27 August, 2008)
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Russian lawmakers asked President Dmitry Medvedev Monday to recognize the independence of two breakaway regions of Georgia: Abkhazia and South Ossetia. (CNN — 25 August, 2008)
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Russia recognises rebel regions as independent
Russia recognises rebel regions as independent

Russia’s president said Tuesday he has signed an order recognizing the independence of two Georgian breakaway provinces, a move likely to increase tensions with the West over the conflict in the region. (CNN — 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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It was against the terms of the Russia/Georgia cease-fire, brokered by France’s President Nicolas Sarkozy. It was directly in contravention of the request not to do it from President George W. Bush of the United States. But Russia’s President Dimitri Medvedev has gone and done it anyway. He has made Russia the first country to recognize the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. (CNN — 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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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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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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The text of the statement made by the president of Russia, Dmitri A. Medvedev, recognizing the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia from the Republic of Georgia. (New York Times — 27 August, 2008)
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A key civil nuclear agreement between Russia and the U.S. looks likely to be shelved until next year at the earliest amid mounting tensions over the fate of Georgia’s breakaway republics. (MSNBC — 28 August, 2008)
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