August 25, 2008 12:39 AM

Russian parliament recognizes breakaway Georgian enclaves

The move, which requires the approval of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to become law, gave a domestic legal basis for Russia to take control of the areas in defiance of the U.S.-backed government of Georgia. Russian leaders said they weren't worried about NATO or U.S. responses to the action, saying the West has no choice but to accept it.

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