Russia's Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, has announced the decision of the Russian Federation regarding Georgia's breakaway regions to the international community. Churkin said that the decision was based on declarations approved by the United Nations Organization and the key role in the recognition of Abkhazia and South Ossetia by Russia was played by the Georgian government.
Churkin said that the Russian President took into consideration the requests of the Abkhaz and Ossetian people, their Presidents and Parliaments and recognized their independence. ''We shall institute close friendly relations with these Republics. Saakashvili endangered the territorial integrity of his country himself when he launched an aggressive attack on South Ossetia on August 8 and killed numerous people, peacekeepers and other Russian citizens among them,' Churkin said, adding that Saakashili was preparing similar attack against Abkhazia.