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.