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Friday, August 08, 2008

William Schomberg, "Georgia takes gamble with move on rebels, " Reuters, August 8, 2008.

...key energy transit point for Europe...

LONDON, Aug 8 (Reuters) - Georgia's bid to re-take a rebel region by force is a gamble by its leader that he can still count on Western support as he tries to thwart Russian efforts to regain influence over the ex-Soviet republic.

Analysts said the escalating conflict in South Ossetia risked major consequences for a region that has become a test of the post-Cold War balance of power, as well as a key energy transit point for Europe which needs oil and gas from Asia.

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