Russia signs treaty to defend rebel regions' borders

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.

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