Monday, December 22, 2008

So Belarus is to offer Russia recognition of Abkhazia and South Ossetia in return for moderate gas price deal

Sounds as if Belarus and Russia have reached a deal on this, and are testing international opinion: Belarus is willing to recognize Georgia's rebel regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia as independent nations in return for moderate prices for Russian gas supplies. The question is: how will the USA respond to this (the EU will as usual be pretty spineless or at least divided).

Breakaway Kosovo's independence has been internationally recognised (though it remains to be seen how long that will last, given Russia's rise while the US declines). Transnistria will probably be next. No doubt, among others the following will be encouraged: Kashmir, Mizoram, Nagaland, Tamil Nadu ....

Perhaps we should offer the US a military base in return for recognising the independence of Tibet?

We have to think what to do, considering that China now has us surrounded by nations more influenced by it than by us (Bhutan, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Pakistan... and Nepal has of course gone fully Maoist...). Sphere: Related Content

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