Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

INSIDE THE AMERICAS

Race to the White House: Hillary Clinton's popularity problem

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

HRW chief Kenneth Roth: 'Putin cares about European public opinion'

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Facebook profits soar 186% as user numbers surge

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Turkey: 'Once upon a time, there was a democracy'

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Priest attack: 'After the shock, now come the questions'

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

DR Congo: Thousands welcome opposition leader Tshisekedi after two-year absence

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

FRANCE 24 amongst French media to stop publishing jihadists' photos

Read more

THE DEBATE

Church attack aftermath - France's political fallout: Who stands to benefit?

Read more

MIDDLE EAST MATTERS

Safety at any cost in Israel

Read more

Europe

Russia signs treaty to defend rebel regions' borders

Latest update : 2009-04-30

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev has signed pacts with the leaders of the rebel Georgian regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, giving Russia formal responsibility for defending their borders with Georgia.

REUTERS - Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed pacts on Thursday that give Russia control over the de facto borders of Georgia’s rebel regions.

Medvedev signed the pacts at a ceremony in the Kremlin with the leaders of the rebel regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, which were both recognised by Moscow as independent states after a war with Georgia last year.

“The Abkhaz side, until it forms its own border guard forces, delegates authority for guarding its state borders to the Russian Federation in the interests of ensuring its own security,” according to a copy of one of the pacts seen by Reuters. A similar pact was signed with South Ossetia.

Date created : 2009-04-30

COMMENT(S)