Belarus to Back its Union Mate Russia against Georgia

The FINANCIAL -- Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said on September 8 that his country would consider the issue of the recognition of Abkhazia and South Ossetia as independent states in the near future, Ria Novosti reports.

The Union of Russia and Belarus, finally ratified in 2000 and officially titled the Union State of Russia and Belarus or simply called the United State, is a supranational entity consisting of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus.

Nicaragua has recognized the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia becoming the fist state that backs Russia's stance on the breakaway regions, Press TV reports.

According to Ria Novosti, Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega announced on September 2 during ceremonies for the 29th anniversary of the founding of the Latin American state's army that "Nicaragua recognizes the independence of S. Ossetia and Abkhazia and fully supports the Russian government's position."

According to Civil Georgia, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told journalists on September 3 that "almost no one has followed" Russia's recognition of the two breakaway regions.

"It really isn't a very impressive list to have Abkhazia and South Ossetia recognize each other, and I don't know what Hamas is doing recognizing anybody, given that I don't think they're a state," Rice added.

Russia officially recognized South Ossetia and Abkhazia last month despite warnings from western powers, saying the move was needed to protect the regions following Georgia's August 7 attack on South Ossetia, Press TV reports.

The military invasion was followed by a war between Georgia and Russia.



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