Russia warned Georgia over Ossetia

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  1. Is Russia trying to reconstitute the old Soviet Union ?

  2. Russian rulers have traditionally seen buffer zones around the Rodina as critical to effective defence - look at Peter the Great's actions for instance. The USSR took this to extremes post WWII, mainly because it could. Russia will not tolerate the loss of such buffers, nor will it tolerate a civil war inside such a buffer. This action will be seen by Russia as purely defensive. Besides, if Russia was resurgent I'd expect something more reminiscent of the Tsars than the CPSU.
  3. And all power to their elbow, better a bear than a Chimp
  4. Russia in its current state is unable to restore Soviet Union. Moreover, some of parts of former Soviet Union are (potentially) too expensive burden for Russia.

    I guess that in the future (maybe even in the near future) Russia would try to restore its international status but rather by economical means not by territorial expation.

    As for Ossetia and also Abkhzaia (situation there is similar) then 80-90% of inhabitants of these territories are Russian citizens and no one Georian government controlled Ossetia and Abkhazia. Then Georgia was joined to Russian empire in 1783 Georgian king Irakliy IId hadn't controlled these lands. Moreover there was a real threat that little Georia (100,000) would be annihilated by Turkey or/and Iran. That time Russia and Georgia even hadn't a common border but status of Georia as a part of Russian empire cooled hot Turkish and Iranian heads.

    Under Russian rule number of Georgians reached 5 mlns. Stalin (Georgian himself) fromed so called Georgian Soviet Socialist Republic (as a part of USSR) and included Abkhazia and South Ossetia in Georian as autonomous 'republics'.

    What is my personal position? I would be very pleased if Ukraine, Russia and Belosussia would form a common state because I have many relatives in Ukraine and is at 1/2 Ukrainian myself. Is it a dream about restoration of empire? I think that not.