Nicaragua recognises independence of Georgia provinces

Nicaragua today became the first country other than Russia to recognise the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

Nicaragua today became the first country other than Russia to recognise the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

The announcement is a victory for Russia, which is looking for allies in its war in Georgia.

The intervention in Georgia has plunged Russia’s relations with the West to their post-Cold War low.

The Nicaraguan decree recognising the independence of the two breakaway Georgian provinces was read during a press conference today at Nicaragua’s Foreign Ministry.

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez recently expressed support for recognising the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, but he has not taken formal action.

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