Robert Parsons, The Telegraph | August 11, 2008
Western support of Kosovo's declaration of independence and NATO’s assurance of Georgia and Ukraine’s eventual Atlantic Alliance membership erode Russian influence on former states of the USSR. ++ Georgia pays a high price for adopting a pro-Western foreign policy and choosing new allies. ++ This intervention is a clear message to the West to stay out of what Kremlin sees as its domain. ++ If the West shrinks in the face of "Russia's bicep-flexing", it will discourage many other states from aspiring to NATO.