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Russia pledges military aid to Georgia breakaway regions

President Dmitry Medvedev has said Russia will provide military aid to Georgia's breakaway provinces.

The president said Russia is preparing to sign deals with Abkhazia and South Ossetia that will detail Moscow's obligations on assistance to the two regions.

He said the agreements will lay the basis for "allied" relations with Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

His decision on Tuesday to recognise South Ossetia and Abkhazia as independent has drawn sharp criticism from the West which had condemned Russia's war against its ex-Soviet neighbour.

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