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“Soft annexation of Abkhazia is the greatest legacy of Putin to his successor”, Interview with Thomas de Waal, Institute of War & Peace Reporting in London

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Author(s): Thomas de Waal

Journal: Caucasian Review of International Affairs
ISSN 1865-6773

Volume: 2;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 173;
Date: 2008;
Original page

Keywords: Caucasus | Abkhazia | South Ossetia | Georgia | ethnic conflicts | NATO

ABSTRACT
Question: What do you think is the next step in Abkhazia?De Waal: One of the main problems in Abkhazia is the high degree of unpredictability on both the Russian and the Georgian sides. I don’t believe that anyone wants a war over Abkhazia. However it’s a very small territory, and there are a lot of armed men there from both sides. The Russians have recently deployed paratroopers there, ostensibly as peacekeepers, although they obviously have a big offensive capability. And the Georgians have deployed armed men in the only part of Abkhazia under their control, the Upper Kodori Valley...
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