Despite those preparations, the Soviet military performance has that of a sledgehammer sloppily applied. The inept performance of the Russian air force may have been the most striking feature of the war thus far. As I write, Russia continues its invasion of free, democratic Georgia with overwhelming military force. But one of the many untold stories of this fateful war is how poorly Russian forces are performing—despite careful planning and extensive preparations.
On both the western and eastern sides, you have the Black and Caspian seas although Georgia does not border the latterwhich have served Georgia well, as no foreign invader ever came by sea well, aside from the legendary Greeks searching for that golden fleece.
To the north, there are the Caucasus Mountains, through which it is extremely difficult to enter. Thus, the only natural invasion route into Georgia has been to the south, where the Lesser Caucasus Mountains lie but do not represent an insurmountable geographic feature.
Although no-one thus far has invaded from the Black and Caspian seas, the two have been essentially closed to larger transoceanic trade. This did not create a need on the Georgian side to ever create a trade fleet the defense of which might have later resulted in An analysis of the south georgians creation of a military fleet and as such, Georgia has historically remained cut off from European naval developments.
The seas and mountains also diminished the ability of the Georgians to gain more territories, as there was simply no land to expand to except for a rugged southern flank. This context is important for understanding why, throughout the centuries, Georgia developed the way it did, especially so in its relations with Russia and other neighboring countries.
Although the majority in Georgia regard Russia negatively, its geographic proximity to Georgia forces the country into economic relations. This also does not preclude Georgia and Russia from talking to each other and fostering said economic relations.
The non-existence of diplomatic relations as well as fundamental differences regarding Abkhazia and Samachablo South Ossetia does not stop the Georgian government from creating closer economic contacts with Russian businesses.
It could be argued that Georgia is pursuing a clever strategy of positioning itself not as an anti-Russian state, but also not abandoning its pro-western course. The ideal scenario for Tbilisi is when all the neighboring countries have a stake in the security of Georgia.
In addition, large players such as China, with its Belt and Road Initiative, the EU, the US and others are also involved in the economics of the country, creating a certain balance in the region.
This is a strategy that Georgian rulers have pursued throughout centuries: The history of Georgia also teaches that the country might be enemies with a neighboring state, but geopolitics can at times mean Georgia still has to maintain relations.
This is especially so nowadays, in an era of increasing interconnectedness where neighboring rival countries cannot ignore economic cooperation. Economic interconnectedness through supply chains eventually breaks down large geographic and Man-made barriers like those, for instance, created between Samachablo and the rest of Georgia.
What is the future of Georgian-Russian relations? How far could cooperation go? These are too big to answer, but it nevertheless shows that Tbilisi and Moscow have much to talk about. Both could cooperate in the security realms as well as deepening economic ties.
Moscow is very unlikely to give up on its policy towards Samachablo and Abkhazia, while Tbilisi will remain on principle pushing for keeping its territorial integrity. These fundamental problems will cap any improvements in relations, which brings to mind the current essentially frozen state of relations between the two countries.
This article was published at Georgia Today Enjoy the article?Apr 26, · A version of this article appears in print on April 26, , on Page A of the National edition with the headline: THE ASSAULT ON SOUTH GEORGIA: HOW IT WAS DONE; Military Analysis.
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The Russo-Georgian War was a war between Georgia, Russia and the Russian-backed self-proclaimed republics of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.
[note 3] The war took place in August following a period of worsening relations between Russia and Georgia, both formerly constituent republics of the Soviet Union.