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    Syria recognizes Abkhazia, South Ossetia

    Syria has recognised two Russian-controlled regions of Georgia - Abkhazia and South Ossetia - as independent states, angering Georgia.

    The Georgian Foreign Ministry responded by saying it was breaking off diplomatic relations with Syria.

    Separatists in Abkhazia and South Ossetia broke away from Georgia in 2008 with massive help from Russian troops.

    Besides Russia and Syria, only Venezuela, Nicaragua, Vanuatu and Nauru recognise them as independent.



    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has forged very close ties with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin since Russia sent a powerful force of aircraft and ships to bolster his war effort in September 2015.

    The Russian intervention swung the war dramatically in Mr Assad's favour, enabling his troops to recover much lost ground.

    Syria says it will set up embassies in Abkhazia and South Ossetia, and the Russian-backed authorities there will also send diplomats to Syria.

    Soon after the Syrian announcement, Georgia said it had "started procedures to sever diplomatic relations" with Syria.

    "By doing so, the Assad regime supported Russia's military aggression against Georgia, unlawful occupation of Abkhazia and the Tskhinvali region (South Ossetia), and the ethnic cleansing that has been taking place for years," said Georgian Deputy Foreign Minister David Dondua.
    Syria recognises Russian-backed Georgia regions - BBC News

    Tiny Abkhazia, my old homeland, has reached out before to help Syria.

    They sent drinking water, delivered by the Russian military


    Also, Abkhazia, population 250,000, took in over 3,000, so far, refugees from Syria, like this woman and and her kids, posing with Alexander Ankvab, a former President of Abkhazia

    They are all ethnic Abkhazs, and are referred to as "repatriates", not refugees, because they are returning to their historic homeland.

    Also, mercenaries from Abkhazia have been and continue fighting there within Russian Wagner Group and other such outfits; like this guy


    Current Abkhaz President Raul Khajimba (4th from right) with a delegation of Syrian parliamentarians, last year


    So, yeah, it's been an ongoing relationship. Probably much less so with South Ossetia.

    This may well be both a gesture of defiance towards the US and the West in general, Georgia being a pro-Western country. Also - a show of loyalty towards Russia as well.

    Regardless, may well be a mistake, by Assad, IMHO

    Suppose the US uses it as precedent, to, say, recognize an independent Kurdish government in Qamishli?

    Of course, that would likely create even more problems with Turkey, so, US may well not do that. But, who knows...
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    I didn't know Syria still exists as an independent country itself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by res View Post
    I didn't know Syria still exists as an independent country itself.
    If not for Russia, certainly the Assad government would not exist today. And Syria would be like Libya, or Yemen. Not exactly a better scenario, is it?
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    Of course Assad would advertise his support for Russia through the recognition of these contentious regions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Man View Post
    If not for Russia, certainly the Assad government would not exist today. And Syria would be like Libya, or Yemen. Not exactly a better scenario, is it?
    I honestly don't see much difference between Syria, Libya or Yemen.

    Because as far as I know, Syria is divided now into three big parts. One under the control of various rebel factions and supported by Turkey, one under Kurdish control and support by USA, and one under Assad regime (although that is an alliance as well and comprising of various factions) supported by Russia and Iran.

    While ISIS has withdrawn into the eastern deserts of Syria but is still very much active and alive.

    Not really a great situation in my opinion, and I really don't see a big difference from that in Libya.

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