Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Abkhazia, S Ossetia to receive Russian aid

Russia has agreed to send about $148 million to two breakaway of provinces of Georgia, a day after South Ossetia decried belated promises.

The money will go directly to the two region's budgets under the agreement signed on Tuesday in Moscow, AFP reported Tuesday citing RIA-Novosti news agency.

Moscow will give 2.36 billion rubles (68 million dollars, 52 million euros) to Abkhazia and 2.8 billion rubles to South Ossetia (80 million dollars, 62 million euros).

Following a war with ex-soviet neighbor Georgia over Tbilisi aggression on South Ossetia, Moscow recognized the regions as independent, a move followed by only one other nation, Nicaragua.

The Kremlin said both separatist regions had a right to declare independence, noting the immediate EU and the US' support of Kosovo's independence from Serbia.

On Monday, a top South Ossetian official complained that Russia was not honoring its pledge to send help the country following a brief but devastating war with Georgia in August last year.
Irina Gagloyeva, chief spokeswoman for the South Ossetian administration, told Reuters news agency that the country was in dire need of assistance for reconstruction plans.

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