Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Georgia Heats Back Up

So much for Russian-Georgian tensions easing:

Georgia Says Russia Downed Spy Plane
by Simon Montlake, Christian Science Monitor
Diplomatic tensions have flared in the Caucases over the fate of a Georgian spy plane allegedly shot down Sunday as it flew over a breakaway pro-Russian region. Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili, who has cultivated military ties with the US and sought to join NATO, accuses Russia of shooting down the unmanned drone. The United Nations Security Council is due to discuss the incident on Wednesday.

The incident has drawn attention to friction between Russia and former Soviet territories that favor closer Western engagement, including NATO membership. It also underscores lingering tensions over unrecognized breakaway states in the region following Kosovo's unilateral declaration of independence, which Russia strongly opposed...

Check out our previous coverage of the troubles between Georgia and Russia here.

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