Georgia's relations with Russia - changing dynamics and regional implications

The two-term presidency of Mikheil Saakashvili ends on October 27, 2013 (photo:dpa)
The two-term presidency of Mikheil Saakashvili ends on October 27, 2013 (photo:dpa)

Georgia stands at a crossroads. It faces huge economic, political and security challenges - as do the other South Caucasus countries, Armenia and Azerbaijan. But Georgia has to make significant and immediate choices. Its progress toward democracy is unique in the South Caucasus but Russia is pressuring Georgia to join its Eurasian Union. Moscow fears, with reason, that the former Soviet state will align with the far richer European Union. The EU’s democratic standards and wealth are appealing beacons. This report analyses the relationship between Georgia and Russia, expected developments and implications for the region.

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