Russia's Parliament decided to recognize the independence of the two Georgian separatist regions, Abkhazia and South Ossetia, international newspapers inform. However, the Parliament's decision has no judicial power: officially, it is the state's Foreign Affairs ministry that needs to recognize the two region's independence.

Russian deputy Konstantin Zatulin, director of the CSI countries institute declared that the proposal will most surely be approved, Ria-Novosti reads. The Parliament's response comes after on Thursday, both Abkhazia and South Ossetia demanded Russia to recognize their independence.

According to a survey almost half of the Russian population believes that South Ossetia should now belong to Russia, Press TV informs.