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>Russians Pulling Out of Western Georgia

>Take A Lot, Give A Little:
Russian Policy of Appeasement Working For Them

September 13, 2008

TBILISI, Georgia – Russia has what it set out to get in the Georgian War. It wanted strict control of two Georgian provinces, South Ossetia and Abkhazia which border Russia. It drove deep into Georgia, apparently not to take Georgia over because it knew this would be grounds for war with the EU and America. Vladimir Putin’s end goal is control of the oil line running through Georgia and if he can maintain his claim on these two provinces, he is closer to that goal. Take a lot, give back a little.

It is a policy of aggression followed by appeasement. He doesn’t want the U.S. to send in the paratroopers, tanks, and airships. He doesn’t want an expensive war–just territory–at least not now.

The word “appeasement” has been used as a synonym for cowardice since the 1930s and it is still used that sense today as a justification for firm, often armed, action in international relations. That’s the Wikipedia definition for it. Does that sound analogus to what took place in Georgia?

Steve Gutterman of the Associated Press reports that as of Saturday, 9/13/08, hundreds of Russian forces had withdrawn from positions in western Georgia, and a Georgian official said Russia had met a deadline for a partial pullout a month after the war between the two former Soviet republics.

This pullout was a result of a recent agreement between the EU and Russia which was signed when the EU envoy, France’s President Nicolas Sarkozy, visited Moscow this week.


Russian soldiers and armored vehicles rolled out of six checkpoints and temporary bases in the Black Sea port of Poti and other areas nearby, Georgian Security Council chief Alexander Lomaia said.

“They have fulfilled the commitment” to withdraw from the area by Sept. 15 under an agreement European Union leaders reached with Russia last week, Lomaia told The Associated Press.

But he stressed that Georgia — like the West — demands a full Russian withdrawal to pre-conflict positions, in accordance with a cease-fire deal brokered by the European Union a month ago.

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