Svante Cornell, Central Asia-Caucasus Institute | June 17, 2009
Russia has vetoed an extension of the UN mission in the Georgian breakaway zone of Abkhazia. ++ All international monitoring organizations have left Abkhazia. ++ "Moscow clearly wants to finish what it started... Georgia had been long in the planning... [and Russia's involvement there] intended to deal a mortal blow to what Moscow saw as Western encroachment in its backyard." ++ It is up to Western nations to intervene with diplomacy. ++ The Obama Administration can no longer ignore Russia's attitude to Georgia.