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Treaties with Georgian regions

September 18, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

Russia cemented its ties with Georgia's two breakaway provinces by signing friendship treaties envisaging close economic and military cooperation.

President Dmitry Medvedev pledged that Russia would protect Abkhazia and South Ossetia, which Russia recognized as independent after its war last month with Georgia.

Georgia dismissed the treaties as legally void, saying the regions remain part of Georgia.

In Australia, a parliamentary committee recommended that the nation not ratify a treaty that would allow its uranium to be sold to Russia for power generation, partly because of the Russian troop presence in Georgia.

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