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War in Georgia: a war for oil? December 21, 2008

Posted by mytruthaboutoil in Geostrategy, Oil (general).
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PART 1

In August 2008, just after the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Beijing, the Russian government launched a massive military operation in Georgia. Less than a week after, the Russian army had invaded the northern part of Georgia and was bombing Tbilisi.

 Moscow claimed that the aim of this attack was to protect Russian-origin populations living in South Ossetia, a region in the north of Georgia. With respect to this point, the operation was indeed a success: South Ossetia declared its independence and the country was immediately recognized by Russia.

 Many journalists covering this war have written that the conflict was part of a wider post soviet East/West struggle between Russia and NATO. Since the early 2000’s, the two blocs (especially Russia and the United States) have discreetly fought to get control over former communist countries.

According to journalists, Russians wanted to show to the Western countries how strong they were. Russia wanted to clearly send the message that it would not accept anymore that former soviet-bloc countries would join the NATO or get to close to the US or the European Union. In a time when the US wanted to expand to Poland their missiles shield system.

 

Of course, both of these theses are partially true. Russians were probably concerned by the situation of people they considered as Russians. It is even more obvious that Putin wanted to show the world how strong and great Russia still was.

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