Russia may recognize both Abkhazia and S. Ossetia

Moscow – The new Russian parliament may now recognize the independence of both Abkhazia and South Ossetia, said Boris Grizlov, leader of the United Russia, the party that emerged triumphant in the December 2 elections of


"Both Abkhazia and South Ossetia held separate referendums in 1999 and 2006 on independence. Both countries submitted the results to Duma. We have their proposals that they be recognized as independent," Grizlov told a press conference in Moscow .

"We will carefully investigate the process by which Russians both in Abkhazia and South Ossetia cast their votes. We will then possibly discuss in January the matters of recognition of independence and the status of separatist areas," added Grizlov. (Agency Caucasus )