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Medvedev: RF never asked Belarus to recognize Abkhazia and SO2009-11-24 12:30
Russia has never asked any other countries to recognize the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia and will never do it.gt-en-newsitem-inside
This was recently stated by President of RF Dmitriy Medvedev in his talk with the Byelorussian journalists.
"I have never asked about it and I am not going to ask about it, for it is none of my business; it is up to each state whether to recognize or not", - the head of the state underlined.
"I have never asked the leader of Belarus, or any other official from Belarus to recognize Abkhazia or South Ossetia, either in public, or in the course of a personal meeting; I have never made any direct or indirect proposals of the kind", - the president is cited by RIA Novosti.
In his opinion, "such gossip (about Russia's requests to recognize Abkhazia or South Ossetia) is spun out of thin air and resembles bargaining, like "we are going to support those who provide more help and do more good to us ".
The RF president underlined that it was not easy for Moscow to take a decision regarding the recognition of the two republics.
As explained by Medvedev, Russia ventured such step after Georgia's military aggression against South Ossetia in order to defend the people of the republic and the Russians residing in its territory, as well as to prevent similar conflicts in future.
He says that all the talks about the alleged pressure upon Belarus in respect of recognizing the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia are purely provocative.
"I should say that it would be better for Russia if those new constituent entities received more recognition", - Medvedev underlined. He explained that in this case it would be easier for the new states to develop.
"However, we never interfere, we never try to govern this process, for it is contrary to the principles of international law", - the Russian leader concluded.