WASHINGTON, DC – "The ongoing violence between Russia and the Republic of Georgia over the status of Georgia’s breakaway regions demonstrates not only the tense nature of Russia’s relations with its neighbors, but also the weakness of U.S.-Russian relations. The administration is correct to condemn Russia’s overreaction and aggression in both Georgia proper and the South Ossetian region. Key strategic interests are at stake. But the crisis also shows that we need a more comprehensive and coherent Russia policy. Whether the United States likes it or not, we need Russia to effectively deal with Iran, nonproliferation, and other security matters, and must have a more effective strategy than simply reacting aggressively to crises as they arise."
Spencer P. Boyer is the Director of International Law and Diplomacy at the Center for American Progress.