Russia condemned for recognizing rebel regions

Well, the US thought it was OK to unilatirally recognise Kosovo and what’s good for the goose is good for the gander.

MOSCOW, Russia (CNN) — Western nations and organizations Tuesday condemned Russian President Dmitry Medvedev for recognizing the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, two breakaway regions in Georgia.
A Tskhinvali resident celebrates Russia’s recognition of South Ossetia’s independence.

“This is not an easy choice to make, but it represents the only possibility to save human lives,” Medvedev said Tuesday in a televised address.

He called on other countries to follow Russia’s lead, which comes in the wake of the Russian-Georgian conflict which erupted earlier this month.

U.S. President George W. Bush led the condemnation with a strongly worded statement said: “The United States condemns the decision by the Russian president to recognize as independent states the Georgian regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.”.

Bush said Russia’s move was “inconsistent” with the French-brokered cease-fire agreement that ended the fighting and called on Russia to “reconsider this irresponsible decision.”

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