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Meanwhile, In Abkhazia

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Rumors of war are flying around, as folks say the Georgian government is preparing an assault on Abkhazia on the assumption that “the Georgians expect the Russian troops currently in Abkhazia to stand down when the invasion begins.” This is a reminder that, at a minimum, any thought of bringing Georgia into NATO should be made contingent on some kind of stable resolution of the issues in Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

You don’t make absolute security guarantees to a country in Georgia’s position unless there’s some overwhelming strategic rationale for doing so — just to be nice or make the point that we don’t approve of Vladimir Putin isn’t a good enough reason to get mixed up in these particular separatist conflicts.

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