Russia was at an undeclared war with Georgia for years - Matthew Bryza
30 August, 2018
I think anybody who has observed how Russia has been conducting its war in Ukraine should realize that Russia was at war with Georgia, an undeclared war for years, - stated the former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Matthew Bryza.
“In the years leading up to 2008 had conducted information warfare, had conducted deadly intelligence operations, assassinations, had taken legal steps that undermined the authority of the Georgian government and elevated the authority of the separatist
leaders, so if you look at the Russian doctrine of nonlinear war, a hybrid war, you will see that the Russian concept now of war is really one of constant international competition and conflict and one in which you use every tool of statecraft, of the economy, humanitarian aid information warfare, fake news and you only use military force as a last step often in a concealed way and often in the form of peacekeepers; that's what Russia did in Georgia but it did it over the course of many years; so the fact is that the war did not begin when the first volleys of artillery were fired from the Georgian side in response to the South Ossetian side; it is simply a fact that war had been going on for years already but it was undeclared and initiated by Russia”, - Matthew Bryza said.
“10 Years – Remember the 2008 August!” event was organized by the European Conservatives and Reformist Group, was yet another reminder of the five day war that took place in Georgia in 2008. Hosted by MEP Anna Fotyga, the speakers included, alongside the former GT correspondent Zviad Adzinbaia, the former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Matthew Bryza, whose name remains among the most recognizable ones in Georgia when it comes to foreign diplomats that dealt with our country. Mr. Bryza gracefully agreed to share his insights on the legacy of the 2008 August War and the US policy towards Georgia.
First photo courtesy: en.azvision.az
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