'All this trumpeting of Georgian sovereignty is quite exaggerated'
By Gerry Storm / The Rag Blog / August 25, 2008
What we aren't getting in the way of news is that Abkhazia fought a brutal war to resist becoming part of Georgia, hates the Georgians, wants to be an independent state, and an ally of Russia. They use rubles for currency, welcome Russian aid, and much of their population is Russian.
The country is still an unreconstructed mess after the Georgians virtually destroyed it after the Abkhazians refused to be good Georgians.
I would presume that something similar is going on in South Ossetia.
All this trumpeting of Georgian sovereignty is quite exaggerated and promoted by the Bushies who made lots of promises to Georgia without checking the history of the place. The Russian position of backing both provinces as independent states is quite popular in the region.
See the following: Russia Votes to Recognize Independence of Breakaway Regions / The Huffington Post / August 25, 2008
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