Putin orders 'closer links' with Georgia's breakaways

Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered his government to establish closer links with Georgia's breakaway Abkhazia and South Ossetia regions, the Russian foreign ministry said on Wednesday.

Putin orders 'closer links' with Georgia's breakaways
Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered his government to establish closer links with Georgia's breakaway Abkhazia and South Ossetia regions, the Russian foreign ministry said on Wednesday.

"The Russian government is instructed to...cooperate with the de facto authorities in Abkhazia and South Ossetia, including the organisation of trade and economic, social (and) scientific cooperation," the foreign ministry said in a statement.

The statement made no mention of Russia recognising the two regions' claims for independence from Georgia.
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