The stand-off between Russia and Georgia deepened after the Russian parliament recently recognised the breakaway republics of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. Political and diplomatic relations were established, and tensions continue to grow.
The leaders of South Ossetia apparently didn’t want their nation to be independent, but to link with North Ossetia to become part of the Russian Federation, but that was hotly denied by the Kremlin. While the Russians continue to ‘dig in’ on Georgian territory, the so-called international community has once again failed to act. The United Nations and the European Union continue to be ineffective in dealing with this simmering crisis. Without a proper solution in sight, the threat of open war looks set to continue.