Despite the international condemnation of Russian recognition for Georgia's breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, Russia has been applauded by one political body. Palestinian movement Hamas has become the first organization to praise Russia for its recognition of Georgia's separatist regions. Its representative Aiman Takh told journalists that the Russian decision set a precedent which could help the Palestinians achieve their goals.
“We Palestinians are fighting for our rights and an independent state. We hope that Russia’s action is the beginning of recognition of small nations who fight for their freedom”, he stressed.