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Congratulations to the Presidents of South Ossetia and Abkhazia on the fifth anniversary of Russia’s recognition of their sovereignty

August 26, 2013

Vladimir Putin sent messages of congratulations to President of South Ossetia Leonid Tibilov and President of Abkhazia Alexander Ankvab on the fifth anniversary of Russia’s recognition of their sovereignty.

The President noted in his messages that the Russian Federation’s difficult but correct 2008 decision to recognise the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia was decisive for giving these two young countries the chance to choose their own future.

Mr Putin assessed highly the results the two countries have achieved over these last years in state-building and strengthening their democratic institutions, restoring social and economic infrastructure and creating conditions for long term development and raising their peoples’ living standards.

The President said that Russia will continue to provide the two republics with help and support in all areas.

August 26, 2013