20.08.08 Abkhazia will launch a formal appeal Wednesday for Russia to recognise it as an independent country, the deputy speaker of Abkhazia's parliament said today.
"The people of Abkhazia intend to ask the Russian leadership to recognise Abkhazia," said the republic's deputy speaker Vyacheslav Tsugba.
Abkhazia's parliament will consider an independence appeal to the Russian leadership by the region's leader Sergei Bagapsh, Tsugba said.
A broad assembly with representatives of all the region's political parties and movements will meet on a square in the centre of the capital Sukhumi to finally approve the appeal, he said.
The speaker of Russia's upper house of parliament, a close Kremlin ally, said Wednesday that lawmakers were ready to recognise the independence of separatist regions in Georgia.
"The Federation Council is ready to recognise the independent status of South Ossetia and Abkhazia if that is what the people of these republics want and also if there is a corresponding decision by the Russian president," Sergei Mironov was quoted as saying.