Russia and Georgia Still Locked in Frozen Conflict

Irish Times
August 15, 2011

Three years have passed since the “independent states” of Abkhazia and South Ossetia appeared on maps of the world although only a few countries such as Russia, Venezuela, and Nicaragua recognize their sovereignty. The remaining countries still view these regions as part of Georgia.

The war three years ago showed the world and Georgia how far Russia was willing to go to assert its authority on republics of the former Soviet Union. Since then, an “ice age in relations between Georgia and Russia” has followed and the countries have no official diplomatic relations. In light of the “fragile and potentially explosive situation,” the International Crisis Group (ICG) has urged both sides to discuss issues including regional security as well as trade and transport with Swiss mediation.

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