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Real News Network: Who's To Blame For The Russian Georgian Conflict?

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August 12, 2008
11:48 AM

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Who's To Blame For The Russian Georgian Conflict?
 
August 12 - Georgian troops launched an aerial bombardment and ground attack on its separatist province of South Ossetia on Thursday. South Ossetians want to join up with their ethnic brethren in North Ossetia, an autonomous republic within the Russian Federation. Seeing this as an act of aggression Russia launched bombing raids against Georgia, vowing to defend its citizens. More than half of South Ossetia's citizen's are said to have taken up Moscow's offer of a Russian passport.

South Ossetia, along with another Georgian region, Abkhazia declared independence from Georgia in the mid 1990s. Tensions have been rising in the area for months, as Russia increased its economic, commercial and political ties with the two breakaway regions. A series of military moves by both Georgia and Russia in the area-helped increase tensions even further.

Pepe Escobar, The Real News Senior Analyst believes that "the hypocrisy of the international community knows no bounds for if the West forced the issue of Kosovar independence then the independence of South Ossetia should also be on the cards."

Watch the full story on The Real News Network: Who's To Blame For The Russian Georgian Conflict

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