Monday, August 11, 2008

Ukraine backs Georgia in conflict with Russia

Kommersant reports that "Kiev threatened to block the returning of Russia’s Black Sea Fleet to Sevastopol in case the ships take part in a sea blockade of Georgia." Russia responded by accusing Ukraine of arming Georgia (the need to block arms shipments is Russia's stated justification* for the blockade) and reminded Ukraine of an existing agreement that allows Russia to use the Crimea until 2017.

Have not one, but two former Soviet republics now overplayed their hand?
*According to another article, the Russians say a planned "naval blockade of Georgia will help avoid escalation of military actions in Abkhazia."

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