In 2008, the Russian Federation launched a full-scale assault against a sovereign state—its immediate neighbor, Georgia. This incursion, systematically preceded by political and other provocations, was the violent climax of policies pursued by Russia against Georgia over many years. Rather than work to peacefully resolve the conflicts in Georgia, Russia systematically stoked them. Moscow interfered in Georgian politics, supplied separatist militias with arms, ignored its peacekeeping responsibilities, failed to prevent widespread ethnic cleansing of Georgians and, ultimately, sought to annex Georgian territories by means of military force. Russia’s main goals have been to annex Georgian territories, overthrow Georgia’s legitimate government, subvert Georgia’s independence, curtail Georgia’s sovereignty, and send a message to its neighbors and to the West that it is in control of what it calls its “sphere of privileged interest”.
To date,the Russian Federation has only partially achieved its aims: since August 2008, inalienable parts of Georgia – namely, Abkhazia and the South Ossetia/Tskhinvali region – now exist under a state of full-scale Russian military occupation (note, however, that these areas had previously been controlled by Russian military and law enforcement forces, disguised as “peacekeepers”).
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Georgia marks anniversary of the August war on Friday with number of ceremonies with one, which involved a nationwide minute of silence at 3pm local time to commemorate those killed in the war.
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Text of the Schwartz-Shuster Resolution
If you were angered by the Russian invasion of Georgia please write your congressional representative. Russia hosting the 2014 Winter Olympics in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, 12 miles from the Georgian border is a non-starter, and so is their membership in the Group of Eight. These are two things the Russians care about and a non-military way to squeeze them. If you are indifferent to the invasion, please allow me 60 seconds to give you food for thought.
Contrary to Associated Press’ (AP.) incorrect reporting, Georgia did not start this war. The Russians sent in insurgents to murder Georgian citizens in order to cause a Georgian reaction which could “justify” their preplanned invasion and defacto annexation of the Georgian provinces of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. When the Georgian military responded to the never-ending murders by moving on Tskinvali, the Russians executed their pre-planned invasion as their “reaction” to Georgia’s move on Tskinvali.
By Vladimir Socor
Eurasia Daily Monitor
Saturday, August 30, 2008
German Minister of Foreign Affairs Frank-Walter
Steinmeier has a vested interest in
resolving the Russia-Georgia conflict
The EU’s emergency summit on September 1 must contemplate the wreckage of European policies in the eastern neighborhood and toward Russia. Following Russia’s invasion of Georgia and the forcible change of borders there, the EU can expect intensified Russian pressures (perhaps after a decent interval) on Ukraine, the Baltic states, Moldova, and Azerbaijan.