The negative reaction from Western powers to Russia’s lightening strike against Georgia has caused President Medvedev to turn eastward seeking support from friendly nations like China and former members of the Soviet Union. A spokesperson with the Foreign Ministry said: “We are hoping that our efforts in resolving the conflict in Georgia will be acknowledged.” Nations like Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan are being contacted in order to establish a new coalition in south Asia. However, about the only nation to actually express support for Russian action has come from Belarussian president Alexander Lukashenko.
The Georgia crisis has resulted in some interesting changes in a Russia which finds itself diplomatically isolated from most nations of the world. President Medvedev has also emerged from his quiet place in the back of the room and is asserting leadership within his nation. Ironically, the Georgia crisis may have resulted in a new conflict between Prime Minister Putin and the president over issues of power.
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President Dimitry Medvedev made clear to Western nations his country was not afraid to challenge the European Union and the United States on recent events in Georgia. He announced a decree had been signed recognizing Georgian regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia as independent nations. He insisted the decision was necessary because of Georgia policies that he termed as “genocide.” In defiant tones he said: “We are not afraid of anything, including the prospect of a new cold War. But, we don’t want t, and in this situation everything depends on the position of our partners.” His statement resulted in a dramatic drop in the Russian stock market which plunged 6.1%.
President Saakashvili interpreted the Medvedev statement as evidence that (Russia’s) invasion of Georgia was part of a broader premeditated plan to redraw the map of Europe.” The problem with the Saakashvili comment is that Georgia was the one which initiated the war, not Russia. If Georgia had not sent its forces into the two breakaway provinces, Russia would have remained on the sideline. How could Russia be responsible for a “premeditated attack” when everything revolved around Georgia’s decision to send or not send forces into the regions?