Georgia to meet South Ossetia rebels for landmark talks: official
Russia says threat of war between Georgia, South Ossetia real
20:10 | 04/ 08/ 2008
MOSCOW. (Fyodor Lukyanov for RIA Novosti) - South Ossetia is once again on the brink of war. Alarming reports are coming from Abkhazia, and Russian-Georgian relations continue to be tense.
Why have these two unresolved conflicts on Georgian territory grown so markedly worse? Their indefinite status is by definition volatile, and sometimes a minor event can turn a frozen conflict into a hot one. In this case, however, we are seeing a major change that reflects a fundamental process.
Kosovo's unilateral proclamation of independence from Serbia last February played a key role in these developments. There may be endless disputes over whether this has created a legal precedent or not, but realpolitik takes its course regardless.