Paul Goble reports:
Two years after Moscow recognized Abkhazia and South Ossetia, a step the Russian people overwhelmingly backed as a signal that their country could stand up to Georgia and the West, the failure of many other countries to recognize these republics and the high cost of supporting the two new states have combined to reduce public backing for them.
In an article posted online, Mikhail Smilyan says that polls show “ever fewer [Russians] remain support recognition of South Ossetia” and that they are less prepared to continue to provide assistance to that republic.
Drawing on poll results collected by the All-Russian Center for the Study of Public Opinion (VTsIOM), Smilyan notes that fewer Russians are paying attention to the political aspects of Moscow’s decision and more to the actual costs of supporting these republics.
Yanukovich to Putin — Drop Dead!
“I have never recognized Abkhazia, South Ossetia or Kosovo as independent states. This is a violation of international laws and norms. According to international law, any violation of the territorial integrity of any state is forbidden.”
If you think that was the President of Georgia talking, or some other ardent Russophobe, think again. It was Russia’s so-called “friend” in Ukraine, Victor Yanukovich.
Oops! Just when the Russophile hoards were sure they had won a major victory in Ukraine with Yanukovich’s elevation, he bursts their bubble with a highly sharpened pin.
And let’s be perfectly clear: The President of Ukraine has called the Prime Minister of Russia an international criminal. His words might just as well have been spoken by Mikheil Saakashvili!
If even so-called “Russophile” Yanukovich has such a negative attitude towards Russian aggression against Georgia, then surely no more final condemnation of Putin’s barbaric policies could be imagined.
Abhkazia and Kazakhstan jam a Finger into Russia’s Eye
Yet more proof of the fundamental unraveling of the Putin regime came last week with the announcement that Kazakhstan had completed its 2,000-mile-long gas pipeline directly to China via Uzbekistan, bypassing Russia. Not only will the Kazakh line carry its own national gas production, but it will also funnel the massive production of Turkmenistan into China as well. And the whole thing was paid for by China. So much for the bizarre notion that China and Russia are somehow allies against the West!
And that wasn’t all. In presidential elections in Abkhazia, voters emphatically rejected the pro-Russian candidate in favor of a strong nationalist who promises to make Abkhazia a truly independent country, free of Russian influence. Stunned by the devastating loss of its hand-picked candidate, the Kremlin could not even muster the good grace to congratulate the winner, and had it’s puppet calling for a challenge to the tabulation.
Putin’s Abkhazia Quagmire
A recent report in the New York Times interviewed the Abkhazian diaspora in Turkey about whether they’d like to return home now that they are no longer part of Georgia, at least as far as Russia is concerned. You might think many would have expressed worry about being attacked or abused by Georgia, but none did. Instead, here’s what the Times found: “The most common question was whether Abkhazia was having too much contact with Russia.”
That’s right, Russia. The Abkhazians are worried about Russia, their new so-called “benefactor.” And well they should be.