President Medvedev: "I signed the decree recognizing the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia"
“We respect the free will of the South Ossetian and Abkhazian people, and basing our actions on international regulations and documents I signed a decree recognizing the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. Russia urges other countries to follow our example. This is a difficult choice, but the only possible one to preserve the lives of people". (Komsomolskaya Pravda)
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