South Ossetia is not Kosovo

the West is right to respond firmly to Russia's new belligerence by refusing to recognise the new states. Never mind that Russia is itself being incoherent in continuing to insist that Kosovo's independence from Serbia is still illegal (a stance driven in part by its wish to avoid setting a precedent for Chechnya or other restive republics within Russia). Mr Medvedev's assertion of a parallel between Kosovo and South Ossetia is almost entirely bogus. Full Story »

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Roger MacDonald
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by Roger MacDonald - Oct. 1, 2008

The editorial raises some valuable points - including contrasting Kosovo peacekeeping operations: "In Georgia’s enclaves, Russian forces have acted as self-interested troublemakers, not as neutral peacekeepers." The biggest issues regarding Russia's support of Georgian regions' independence overlooked in the editorial, and associated article (http://www.economist.com/displaystory.cfm?story_id=12009856) are how Russia's moves serve to threaten NATO from further encroachment, buoy domestic Russia nationalism and challenge some Caspian Sea region oil exports.

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