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Nicaragua signs deal on diplomatic ties with ex-Georgian republic

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Nicaragua signs deal on diplomatic ties with ex-Georgian republic - Sputnik International
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Nicaragua and the former Georgian republic of Abkhazia have signed an agreement on establishing diplomatic relations, Nicaraguan media reported.

MOSCOW, September 11 (RIA Novosti) - Nicaragua and the former Georgian republic of Abkhazia have signed an agreement on establishing diplomatic relations, Nicaraguan media reported.

The Central American country recognized the independence of Abkhazia, along with Georgia's other breakaway republic, South Ossetia, following Russia's example after its conflict with Georgia in August 2008.

On Thursday, Venezuela joined Russia and Nicaragua in recognizing Abkhazia and South Ossetia as sovereign states, a move condemned by Georgia, which considers the republics part of its territory.

The El-19 news website said the agreement was signed by Nicaraguan Foreign Minister Samuel Santos and Abkhazian Deputy Foreign Minister Maxim Kvindzhiya on Thursday in Managua.

The diplomat said after the signing: "This event is of major historical significance for Abkhazia. Nicaragua will always be an important friend for us, and we expect to further develop the documents we have signed."

Foreign Minister Sergei Shamba said on Friday that an Abkhazian delegation will arrive in Venezuela today to formalize diplomatic ties.

Russian media have said that more Latin American nations could recognize the two republics, which have maintained de-facto independence since bloody post-Soviet conflicts with Georgia in the early 1990s.

Russia's ex-Soviet allies, including Belarus, have so far refrained from recognizing Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

Georgia condemned the recognition decision by Venezuelan "dictator" Hugo Chavez on Thursday, describing it as influenced by a desire to secure loans to buy more Russian weapons.

The ex-Soviet Caucasus state, backed by the U.S. and Europe, severed diplomatic ties with Russia after Moscow recognized the two regions. Russia previously repelled Georgia's offensive on South Ossetia in a five-day war.

 

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