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Text of report by Polish newspaper Nasz Dziennik website on 27 August [Commentary by Cezary Michalski: "Kremlin dividing up Georgia"] Russia's recognition of the independence of Abkhazia and South Ossetia does not change the situation on the ground, but it once again changes the political situation.
Russia was condemned Wednesday by its fellow G8 members for invading Georgia and undermining its authority over South Ossetia and Abkhazia.
By Alex Rodriguez MOSCOW - The Kremlin's decision Tuesday to recognize the independence of Georgia's two breakaway enclaves deepens what has become Washington's worst crisis with Moscow since the end of the Cold War - a crisis that has revealed the West's lack of leverage over a confident, aggressive Russia.
LEADING ARTICLE The future of two enclaves should not be allowed to spark conflict Russia's action in recognising the unilaterally declared independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia was hasty, intemperate and ill-advised. It was also utterly predictable.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has dismissed the criticism of Russia's actions in Georgia contained in the speech made in Kiev by British Foreign Secretary David Miliband.
Georgian Parliament Speaker Davit Bakradze has said that Georgia enjoys "unconditional" support from the USA in its struggle with Russia over the breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, which Moscow recognized as independent on 26 August, and is working together with US representatives on measures to be taken in response.
By Anne Penketh; Shaun Walker East-West relations hit new low as Medvedev backs breakaway states Russia's relations with the West have plunged to a new low after President Dmitry Medvedev signed a decree officially recognising two breakaway territories in Georgia as independent states.
Text of report in English by Czech national public-service news agency CTK Prague, 27 August: The territorial integrity of Georgia and the country's reconstruction after the recent armed conflict with Russia will be the Czech government's priorities at the forthcoming EU summit on Georgia, Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg told journalists after a cabinet meeting today.
By Carley Petesch Associated Press Russia's U.N. ambassador said Tuesday he doesn't think Russia's recognition of two separatist regions in Georgia will lead to a new Cold War, though he predicted a difficult period ahead in relations with the West.
By Clifford J. Levy Nicholas Kulish contributed reporting from Tallinn, Estonia, and Steven Erlanger and Tom Rachman from Paris.
Southern Tailed Birdwing (Ornithoptera meridionalis), is the smallest species of butterfly in its genus. It is found in southern Papua New Guinea and in several areas along the south coast of Irian Jaya. It is strictly a lowland species, favouring primary rainforest. A very few specimens have also been collected at altitude in Irian Jaya, however these specimens were reared from immature stages and emerged crippled, suggesting that high altitude forests are not favoured habitats. Males...
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