- By Joshua Keating
Joshua Keating was an associate editor at Foreign Policy
Russia’s campaign to win international recognition for the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia isn’t going as well as they may have hoped. So far only Nicaragua, of all places, has signed on. Belarus and Venezuela were both staunch supporters of Russia during the war with Georgia but haven’t yet indicated that they intend to recognize the two regions. Moscow will push its case at a meeting of seven former-Soviet republics today in Moscow.
If you’re keeping score for the "new cold war" at home, that’s Kosovo: 46, South Ossetia and Abkhazia: 2.