Georgian leader chose his moment

Seamus Martin examines the background to the conflict between Russia and Georgia.

9th August, 2008

Seamus Martin examines the background to the conflict between Russia and Georgia.

The volatile Caucasus region is strategically important as a transit route for oil from the east. Georgian president Mikheil Saakashvili is, without question, the region’s most volatile leader.

His decision to shell the South Ossetian city of Tshkinvali while most world leaders were in Beijing for the opening of the Olympic Games has threatened to cause the biggest crisis in Europe...

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