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.