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Biden backs Georgia


The US Vice-President Joe Biden has recognised the breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia as part of Georgia, despite their unilateral declarations of independence, which have been supported by Russia.

In a speech to the Georgia's parliament in Tbilisi he said the US "will not recognise Abkhazia and South Ossetia as independent states and we urge the world not to recognise them as independent states".

"We call upon Russia to honour its international commitment, clearly specified in the 12 April ceasefire agreement, including the withdrawal of all forces to their pre-conflict positions and ultimately out of your territorial area," he said.


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