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Albania condemns Russia's recognition of Georgian breakaway regions
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09:09, August 29, 2008

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Albania on Thursday condemned Russia's decision to recognize Georgia's breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia as independent states, calling the move "totally unacceptable".

"We condemn Russia's decision to recognize the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. Its action is contrary to UN Security Council resolutions," an Albanian foreign ministry statement said.

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev announced his country's recognition of the two Georgian breakaway regions Tuesday. Russian forces had poured into Georgia earlier this month to repel a Georgian attack on South Ossetia.

"Albania supports the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Georgia and considers Russia's action totally unacceptable," the ministry statement said, echoing an earlier statement from the Group of Seven (G7) nations.

The tough statement, signed by the foreign ministers of the United States, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan, deplored Moscow's "excessive use of military force" in Georgia.

Albania refused to draw a parallel between the Georgian breakaway regions and Kosovo, claiming that "Kosovo is a unique case".

Kosovo, 90 percent of whose 2 million people are ethnic Albanians, declared unilateral independence from Serbia last February. Its independence was supported militarily and diplomatically by the West but was strongly opposed by Serbia and its ally Russia.


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