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The Kosovo Precedent in Russia's Georgia Policy

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has made the argument that U.S. and European recognition of Kosovo’s unilateral declaration of independence will create a significant international precedent so many times that no elegant diplomatic turnaround on this point appears possible. Despite the strong denial of “precedentability” that accompanied recognition, precedent is always in the eye of the beholder. [...]

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Research Professor
Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO)