UNITED NATIONS, Aug. 26 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon expressed concern on Tuesday about Russia's recognition of the independence South Ossetia and Abkhazia, the two breakaway regions of Georgia.
"The question of recognition of states is a matter for sovereign states to decide," Ban said in a statement issued by his spokesperson.
"Today's developments may have wider implications for security and stability in the Caucasus," the statement said.
"The secretary-general regrets that ongoing efforts to find a common solution on the way forward in the crisis in Georgia within the Security Council may be complicated," it added.
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev announced on earlier Tuesday Russia's recognition of the independence of the two separatist territories in Georgia.