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Antagonizing the Neighborhood: Putin’s Frozen Conflicts and the Conflict in Ukraine

In this testimony before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs, Crisis Group expert...

…Olesya Vartanyan analyses the conflict dynamics in Abkhazia and South Ossetia, the breakaway territories from Georgia recognised as independent by Russia, and explains how Washington can promote stability there.

  • Olesya Vartanyan
  • ICG

Good afternoon, Chairman Keating, Ranking Member Kinzinger, and distinguished members of the Committee.

In recent years, international attention has focused on Russia’s efforts to keep its neighboring country, Ukraine, within its sphere of influence.

Today, at this important hearing, I will speak about the situation in another country affected by Russian policies and military actions – Georgia.

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