This week marks ten years since Georgia lived through a dramatic five day war with the Russian Federation. On 12 August 2008, the EU brokered a ceasefire deal bringing an end to open warfare – but not to conflict, explains Ketevan Tsikhelashvili.
Foreign affairs chiefs from Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Ukraine met in Georgia this week to take part in commemorations marking 10 years since Russia’s invasion of the Caucasus Republic during 2008's August War.
Ten years ago, in August 2008, Russia and Georgia went to war over South Ossetia, a small separatist Georgian region which Moscow would later controversially recognise as independent, in the face of international criticism.
Georgia said on Tuesday (29 May) it had started procedures to sever diplomatic relations with Syria after Damascus recognised its breakaway regions as independent states, a move Tbilisi dubbed manipulation from Russia.
The Eastern Partnership summit will uphold the offer of tightening EU-Georgia relations, Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski told a joint press conference with Swedish counterpart Margot Wallström and Georgia’s Mikheil Janelidze in Tbilisi on Tuesday (14 November). EURACTIV Poland reports.
A flurry of diplomatic activity continued in Astana on Wednesday (1 November), marked by the visit of the King of Jordan, Abdullah II, who was awarded a prize for fighting against nuclear proliferation.
The breakaway strategy should be understood as part of Russia's broader efforts to keep its sphere of influence in the former Soviet periphery intact so as to buffer against foreign rivals, writes Eugene Chausovsky.
Pope Francis yesterday (2 October) called for a "stable peace" as he visited mainly Muslim Azerbaijan, several months after pushing for an end to a festering territorial feud while in arch-foe Armenia.
The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) said yesterday (13 October) she would investigate both sides in the 2008 war between Russia and Georgia for crimes, including the killing of peacekeepers and attacks on civilians.
The EU is ready to suspend sanctions against Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko, in a shift following the release of the country's last political prisoners, European sources told AFP today (9 October).
Russia signed a wide-ranging alliance with Georgia's breakaway region of South Ossetia on Wednesday (18 March), which will further cement its control over the territory, despite fierce condemnation from the West.
President Vladimir Putin signed a "strategic partnership" agreement with Georgia's breakaway region of Abkhazia yesterday (24 November), angering Tbilisi, which said Moscow was looking to annex the territory.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is gambling that his short-term hard power will prevail in Ukraine, while the West is hoping that its superior long-term soft power will succeed. The stakes couldn’t be higher, writes Elizabeth Pond.
If there is consensus on one thing in Georgia, it is the country’s pro-western course of European and trans-Atlantic integration, the Georgian foreign minister Maia Panjikidze told EURACTIV Germany in an exclusive interview.
Georgia’s foreign policy priorities have not changed since last year’s election which brought to power Georgian Dream party of Bidzina Ivanishvili, but relations with Russia are improving, writes Tedo Japaridze.
It was the West's recognition of Kosovo's independence from Serbia, a traditional ally of Russia, in early 2008, that triggered events that led to the occupation by the Russian army of 20% of Georgia’s territory, writes Stratfor.
Achieving the territorial integrity with the Russia-occupied territories of Abkhazia and South Ossetia will take time, but in the meantime Georgia seeks “fields of cooperation” with Russia and will not boycott the Sochi Olympic Games, Georgian Foreign Minister Maia Panjikidze told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.
Western politicians need to open their eyes to what is going on around Russia, where Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is building a modernised Soviet Union through his 'Eurasian Union' plan, says Giorgi Baramidze, Georgia's vice prime minister.