POL101 Medvedev

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Close Opinion: Mikheil Saakashvili Any doubts about why Russia invaded Georgia have now been erased. By illegally recog- nising the Georgian territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, Dmitry Medvedev made clear that Moscow’s goal is to redraw the map of Europe using force. Read full story Why I had to recognise Georgia’s breakaway regions By Dmitry Medvedev Published: August 26 2008 18:48 | Last updated: August 26 2008 18:48 On Tuesday Russia recognised the independence of the territories of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. It was not a step taken lightly, or without full consideration of the consequences. But all possible outcomes had to be weighed against a sober understanding of the situation – the histories of the Abkhaz and Ossetian peoples, their freely expressed desire for independence, the tragic events of the past weeks and international precedents for such a move. Not all of the world’s nations have their own statehood. Many exist happily within boundaries shared with other nations. The Russian Federation is an example of largely harmonious coexistence by many dozens of nations and nationalities. But some nations find it impossible to live under the tutelage of another. Relations between nations living “under one roof” need to be handled with the utmost sensitivity. After the collapse of communism, Russia reconciled itself to the “loss” of 14 former
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