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Georgia and Russia

by David De La Torre

In Dreams deferred, The Economist reports that Georgia, the country, seemingly is growing closer to Russia.

RUSSIA’S unacknowledged war in Ukraine did not start with the annexation of Crimea. The precedent was set six years earlier, during a five-day war between Russia and Georgia that resulted in Russia’s occupation of the regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. Unwilling to confront Russia directly, Western leaders instead blamed the recklessness of Mikheil Saakashvili, Georgia’s president at the time. That was when Vladimir Putin, Russia’s president, reportedly began talking about Crimea.

On the face of it, Georgia’s relationship with Russia has since much improved. [more]