The Abkhazia push-back

A week ago, I was sitting with this american friend of mine, who couldn't , for the life of him, figure out why the US backed Kosovo's independence. "It's causing a crisis in the balkans. Why antagonize Russia?", to which i responded, 'because Russia has been antagonizing you for the longest time. Do you wanna go over the list? Iraq, Iran, North Korea, Ukraine, Belwarus, Venezuela? Pushing back, after all of this, is expected. Hell, it's a little too late if you ask me!"

My friend looked unconvinced, and I didn't get why until I saw this piece of news:

decried Russia’s decision to restore economic and transport links to
the breakaway Black Sea region of Abkhazia, which plans to ask Russia
to recognize its independence, citing Kosovo as a precedent.

will be viewed as the economic annexation of Abkhazia, which is part of
Georgia,” Temur Iakobashvili, Georgia’s minister for reintegration
issues, said Thursday by telephone in the capital, Tbilisi.

“This once again proves that Russia has a political and economic stake in the peace talks.”

President Mikheil Saakashvili has accused Russia of backing separatist
regimes in Abkhazia and another region, South Ossetia. Both regions
broke away during wars in the 1990s and have pro-Russian leaderships
and Russian peacekeepers. Saakashvili has pledged to bring them back
under federal control. Most of their citizens hold Russian passports.

So the US backs the Pro-US Kosovo's independence from Pro-russia Serbia, and Russia hits back immedietly with Pro-Russia's Abkhazia's independence from Pro-US Georgia . Who said the cold war is over? The Russians are still playing, and unlike the US, they seem to be playing to win!

0 comment on The Abkhazia push-back

  1. Craig
    March 11, 2008 at 12:50 pm

    Who said the cold war is over? The Russians are still playing, and unlike the US, they seem to be playing to win!

    Don’t worry, SM. It has to be this way. People have forgotten that the US isn’t the bad guy. It was inevitable that the Russians would take advantage of that. I’m surprised that the Chinese haven’t started in earnest yet. People are going to have to choose sides. Again. And the war probably won’t be such a “Cold War”, this time.

  2. arabist
    March 11, 2008 at 3:16 pm

    First it’s Kosovo, then Abkhazia, next a whole chunk of Sharqiya governorate will secede as the Abaza family decides to declare its independence from Egypt. You just wait.


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