The Kremlin moved swiftly to tighten its grip on Georgia’s breakaway regions yesterday as South Ossetia announced that it would soon become part of Russia, which will open military bases in the province under an agreement to be signed on Tuesday.
Ossetians are probably now starting to realise that their dream of a united Ossetian state is never likely to happen. They have in fact exchanged a semi autonomous state for a region in the Russian Federation, and few ever extract themselves from the maw of that beast, jus ask the Chechens.
This is of course a great move by Russia, liberating the state of South Ossetia, recognising it’s independence, before absorbing it into the Russian Federation. Annexation by the back door.
All neatly done whilst the world was watching, and no one lifted a finger to stop them. I have to admit that Putin has impressed me throughout all of this incident, he has played a brilliant game.
The Russian Foreign Ministry confirmed that agreements on “peace, co-operation and mutual assistance with Abkhazia and South Ossetia” were being prepared on the orders of President Medvedev. Abkhazia said that it would ask Russia to represent its interests abroad.
I am sure that it is only a matter of time before Abkhazia too joins the Russian Federation.
Gigi Tsereteli, the Vice-Speaker said:
“The regimes of Abkhazia and South Ossetia should think about the fact that if they become part of Russia, they will be assimilated, and in this way they will disappear.”
Which is why I am so surprised that they are so readily siding with Russia, they must realise that this will mean that they will lose the virtual independence that they have enjoyed since the early 1990s.
I can only assume that they believe that they will get something more out of the deal, such as some of the wealth from Russian gas and oil but I think that it is much more likely their leaders have been promised a few quid, if they persuade their people.
Russia told the EU that any sanctions would be damaging to both sides.
I am not surprised that the French have postponed a vote on sanctions against Russia, it is utterly pointless. As soon as the EU imposes sanctions, Russia will respond with its own sanctions – on gas and oil, right before the coldest European winter on record.
Russia can sell its gas and oil elsewhere, Europe has no where else to buy it from.