In a move set to further strain tensions with the West, deputies in Russia’s Duma have backed
Georgian separatists’ battle for independence.
Both houses of parliament voted unanimously for a resolution urging the Kremlin to recognize the breakaway enclaves of Abkhazia and South Ossetia.
Separatist leaders were present to make personal pleas.
The self-styled Abkhaz President urged support in the name of the future of his people and those of South Ossetia and the stable development of the Caucasus.
“There is no other way for Abkhazia and South Ossetia. We will never go back to the past,” said Sergei Bagapsh.
Moscow’s military intervened in Georgia earlier this month over South Ossetia. Like Abkhazia, it has fought a war to break away from Tbilisi’s rule.