20:00 | 13/ 08/ 2008
MOSCOW, August 13 (RIA Novosti)
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In South Ossetia, Russia employs Western know-how - expert
Moscow seems to have carefully learned all the lessons taught by the world's greatest powers over the past few years, said Vladislav Inozemtsev, the head of the Center for Postindustrial Studies, a Moscow-based think tank. First, when launching its offensive on Tkhinvali Georgia had no idea how wrong it was not to expect an immediate response from Russia. That response in fact followed to the letter a scheme developed by Western powers and tested in Yugoslavia, East Timor and other hot spots.
Second, Moscow successfully used more than just rhetoric, but performed a real-life "humanitarian intervention," the expert said. Russia must have understood that the widely criticized Western doctrine could be used to its own advantage. President Dmitry Medvedev's rhetoric was a far cry from bold threats earlier issued by previous Russian governments, but a cool statement of Russia's intention to force Georgia to peace.