Russia's Position in the Caucasus How Tight Should the Bear Hug?

Moscow announced an end to hostilities on Tuesday, but the Caucasus problem is as far away from a solution as ever. Russia wants to maintain control in the region, but independence for the two breakaway Georgian provinces is not in the cards.
Von Carmen Eller
A distraught Georgian woman leaving her hometown of Gori following Russian shelling on Tuesday.

A distraught Georgian woman leaving her hometown of Gori following Russian shelling on Tuesday.

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