by Nathan Hamm on 8/16/2004

What the hell is going on in South Ossetia? The agree to a cease-fire on Friday and it is immediately violated (apparently by the South Ossetians, though they claim it’s the other way around). Georgia is insisting on direct talks with South Ossetia’s de facto president. This is interesting as Georgia has previously insisted that it was Russia that needed to be dealt with and not the South Ossetian leadership. It almost looks as if they are trying to freeze out the Russians.

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