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The Political and Legal Parameters of Russian Decisionmaking on Abkhazia and South Ossetia

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Kosovo’s declaration of independence from Serbia on February 17, 2008, was in some ways an anticlimactic event. It was widely expected, as were the immediate reactions: recognition by the United States and a majority of European Union states, and lack of recognition by Serbia, Russia, China, and a number of European and other states harboring separatist movements within their territories.

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Senior Fellow
Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non‑Proliferation