Nikolai Sokov – The Withdrawal of Russian Military Bases from Georgia

In May 2005 the foreign ministers of Georgia and Russia signed a joint statement, which stipulated that the withdrawal of Russian military bases in Georgia would begin in 2005 and would conclude in 2008. The withdrawal is likely to have at least moderately negative consequences for Russian-Georgian relations. Tbilisi will lose an important lever vis-à-vis Moscow and will probably become even more assertive about the status of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, while Russia will be less motivated to exercise restraint in times of crisis.

Sokov, N. (2005). The Withdrawal of Russian Military Bases from Georgia: Not Solving Anything. PONARS Policy Memo, 363, 3.

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