Syria recognises independence of Abkhazia, South Ossetia

17 May 2018, Sochi. Syria’s Bashar al-Assad meeting with Vladimir Putin

Syria has recognised independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. The both are under control of the Russian Federation.

According to a communique posted on the website of the South Ossetian Foreign Ministry on Tuesday, the Syrian Arab Republic and the Republic of South Ossetia have agreed on mutual recognition and on establishing diplomatic relations.

Syria and Abkhazia have agreed on the mutual recognition and establishment of diplomatic relations, Abkhaz President Raul Hajimba said in a statement released on his official website on Tuesday.

Russia, Venezuela, Nicaragua, and Nauru earlier recognised Abkhazia’s and South Ossetia’s independence.

In 2012, Australian Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd expressed concern during a meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov that Russia provided financial assistance to island nations of Vanuatu, Nauru and Tuvalu in exchange for diplomatic support of its initiatives.

Belarus failed to to recognise the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. The status of Abkhazia and South Ossetia is a central issue of the Georgia-Russia relations. In August 2008, Georgia declared them Russian-occupied territories; the stance was supported by the majority of Western countries.

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