What Is the EU’s Game in the Caucasus Separatist Territories?

In preparation for independence day celebrations in 2006, a tailor sews Abkhazian flags in a Sokhumi shop, which also displays a Russian flag. Already under the protection of Russia, the Georgian breakaway region is taking steps toward improving relations with the European Union. (Photo: Justyna Mielnikiewicz)

The European Union is making a push to raise its profile in two trouble spots in the South Caucasus, Abkhazia and Nagorno-Karabakh. Brussels insists its forays in the region are nothing more than routine diplomacy.

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Paul Rimple is a freelance reporter based in Tbilisi.

What Is the EU’s Game in the Caucasus Separatist Territories?

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