The Russians and their apologists are saying that the current round of fighting in Georgia is a response to Georgian provocation. But critics are accusing Russia of using the situation to renew and expand their influence in the region.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
What reveals the Russian moves as rank imperialism and dangerous brinkmanship is the reports coming out now that Russian troops are mobilizing in and around Abkhazia (another region of Georgia on the Russian border that Russia has made claims on and supported rebel groups in).
The most worrying escalation is that the Russian Black Sea Fleet has sortied out of their base in Sevastapol, Ukraine and threatened to blockade shipping coming in and out of Georgian ports - including Poti which is neither in Abkhazia or South Ossetia but is the terminus of an oil pipeline that runs from Baku through Tblisi then to the Black Sea at Poti. The Ukrainian government is threatening not to allow the Russian ships back into their ports if they initiate the blockade.
This is looking more and more like Russia plans to carve out two large chunks of Georgia by force.
Posted by Raised By Republicans at 6:48 AM