Loory: To what extent is the week-old war in the Caucasus between the tiny Republic of Georgia and Russia really a conflict between the United States and its former Cold War enemy? The U.S. has won an ally in Georgia. Georgia has sent 2,000 troops to Iraq; an oil pipeline was built through Georgia rather than through Russia to carry Caucasian and Central Asian oil to the Western world. A resurgent Russia under Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and President Dmitry Medvedev wants to establish its primacy over the area that was once called the Soviet Union. French President Nicolas Sarkozy, the current president of the European Union, flew to Moscow to broker a cease-fire between the two countries, and he thought he had reached a six-point agreement. Within hours after the document was signed, the Russian army continued to advance. On Wednesday, the Russian military command that had taken control of the Georgian city of Gori said it was beginning to turn control of that city to Georgian police. That turnover broke down. Are the Russian troops withdrawing from Gori or are they digging in?
Russia, Georgia are latest countries in a string of conflicts
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