Lady Dragonfly wrote:<snip>
And please note that THERE IS NO OIL IN SOUTH OSSETIA. It is a small agricultural region.
Well, I've seen various media reports indicating otherwise, but even if there aren't any oil resources in the area, it is still an important issue due to pipelines.
As I understand it, Georgia have agreed to build pipelines leading oil/natural gas into Europe when they applied for NATO, threatening the Russian near (de facto) monopoly of energy pipelines.
Plus that fact - Georgia and NATO - is something Russia no doubt would dislike. Combined with the missile defense system. Combined with Russia's need for asserting itself internally and internationally.
Russia have many many interests in escalating the conflict with Georgia; economical, military and internal politics; and as far as reports goes, they also support separatists in other Georgian territorial regions, plus prior to this situation have violated Georgian territorial space with its military.
Russia does not have clean hands in this mess either.
Plus Russia is bombing Georgian territories and blockading the country by sea as well, moving far away from "peacekeeping" to prevent civil war, to actual acts of war.
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