The breakaway Georgian region of South Ossetia will hold a runoff after no candidate received the 50 percent of votes needed to win yesterday’s presidential election, which Georgia called a “farce.”
A “coup” last month in the breakaway Georgian region of Abkhazia was staged by Russia as a warning to Georgia as it prepares to deepen ties with the European Union, the country’s defense minister said.
Russia said its ties with the breakaway Georgian region of Abkhazia won’t be affected by political upheaval that ousted the territory’s leadership.
South Ossetia, Georgia’s breakaway region, is holding a presidential election today after two terms served by incumbent leader Eduard Kokoity expired.
OAO Gazprom, Russia’s state-run natural gas producer, officially inaugurated a pipeline from Russia to South Ossetia, bypassing Georgia.
As Vladimir Putin completes Russia’s annexation of Crimea, Azerbaijan is feeling pressure as concerns mount that his attention will next shift southward.
It was a vacation that Russian stock broker Alexander Antipov said he dreamt about for two decades: a tropical getaway from the harsh Moscow winter to the white-sand beaches of Acapulco, Mexico.
Russia vowed to defend its citizens in neighboring Ukraine after the government in Kiev said it’s resuming operations to oust militants from eastern cities.