President Dmitrij Mevedev vil gjøre alt for å verve støtte til anerkjennelsen av Abkhazia og Sør-Ossetia på dagens møte i Shanghai-Samarbeidsorganisasjonen. Møtet finner sted i Tadsjikistans hovedstad Dusjanbe.
«Russia’s main aim is to get support from the organization for its military action and approval in one form or another for recognizing South Ossetian independence,» said Yevgeny Volk, an analyst in Moscow for the Washington-based Heritage Foundation. «It is clear that Russia is using it as a counterweight to the West in the conflict and its recognition of South Ossetia.»
While Russia would seek to win a formal recognition from members of the group, Volk said such a decision for countries like China and India, which have separatist regions of their own, would amount to «chopping the branch they sit on.»
In addition to Russia and China, the organization’s members are Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan. Countries with observer status include India, Iran and Pakistan. The meeting in Dushanbe will discuss terrorism and drug trafficking from Afghanistan, the Kremlin press service said.