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South Ossetia and Abkhazia, under the way of recognition?

May 11, 2009

For the first time, an U.S. official declared frankly that the United States might establish relations with the two separatist Georgian rebel regions, South Ossetia and Abkhazia, which have been at the center of Russian-Georgian war in August 2008. Matthew Bryza, the U.S. Deputy Undersecretary of State for European Affairs and Eurassia, reiterated Washington’s position of non-recognition at the two Georgian provinces independence, but in the meantime stressed in an interview on radio Eho Moskvî this does not means that is impossible for Washington to work with South Ossetia and Abkhazia. The U.S. diplomat criticized the Russian military actions on Georgian territory but also the Tbilisi government, arguing that the latter should not have to respond by force of Russian attacks.
On a closer analysis, the statement of Matthew Bryza – although in a very diplomatic language, seems to be an obvious signal of a probable change in the attitude of  Washington as to Georgia, or at least a signal that President Mikhail Saakashvili is no longer in the top of most favorites White House persons.

Since the establishment of an economic or political relationship between the U.S. and the separatist regions over which Georgia lost control in favor of Russia, to the recognition- even indirectly, of their independence, there are only few steps. Furthermore, it seems to be a well-known scenario. On its turn, Moscow has not recognized overnight the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. Months before, the Kremlin staff announced the establishment of economic links with the two regions, then – the opening of Russian diplomatic missions on their territory, to protect Russian citizens.

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  1. ariane permalink
    May 11, 2009 9:40 pm

    To be or not to that is the question! I suppose that the economic links created is to imposed the authonomy. I’m sure that will be continued! The next authonomy will be created,probably, in our neighborhood!

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