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Russia considers recognising Georgian separatists August 25, 2008

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MOSCOW (AFP) — Russian lawmakers were set Monday to consider recognising Georgia’s two breakaway regions as independent, a move that would pour fuel on the fire in simmering relations with the West.

Both houses of Russia’s parliament were to convene emergency sessions to examine appeals for recognition from South Ossetia — where fighting this month prompted Russia to send in tanks and troops — and Abkhazia.

Recognition would mean crossing a threshold for Moscow, which has backed the separatists in Abkhazia and South Ossetia since their break with Tbilisi in the early 1990s but stopped short of declaring them independent from Georgia.

The regions are internationally recognised as part of Georgia and a move to declare them independent countries would further dent relations with the West, which have plunged to their lowest point since the end of the Cold War over Russia’s intervention and insistence on maintaining positions deep inside Georgia.

French President Nicolas Sarkozy, who negotiated on behalf of the European Union the peace plan which ended nearly a week of fighting, on Sunday announced a special European summit on the crisis in Georgia will be held September 1.

The summit in Brussels will discuss the future of relations between the EU and Russia and on aid to Georgia, Sarkozy’s office said.

French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner had warned that Sarkozy might convene the emergency EU meeting if Russia failed to pull back its forces from positions in the former Soviet republic.  [read more]

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