“Russia invaded Georgia to teach West a lesson”

So says Alexandros Petersen of the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies. Skyrocketing energy prices, stepped-up arms sales and increased central control of resources have catapulted Russia back to international power, and Moscow is wasting no time asserting its newly-felt power.

“Russia invaded Georgia to teach the West three lessons. Lesson one is that no matter how democratic, enthusiastically pro-American and EU-aspiring a country, if Moscow considers it to be in its sphere of influence, it will not be allowed to shape its own destiny. This extends to Ukraine and its ideas of joining NATO, energy-rich and Western-leaning Azerbaijan, as well as the strategically important countries of the Caspian and Central Asia, north of Afghanistan. ”

To read Petersen’s entire commentary at EU-Observer, click here.

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