Tue Aug 26th, 2008 at 08:42:04 AM EST
Russia today stepped up its defiance of the west by wasting little time in recognising the independence of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, Georgia's two breakaway provinces.
Dmitry Medvedev, the Russian president, said he had signed decrees to that effect, just weeks after Russia and Georgia fought a short war over South Ossetia.
"I have signed decrees on the recognition by the Russian Federation of the independence of South Ossetia and the independence of Abkhazia," Medvedev said in a televised announcement, in a move bound to escalate tensions between Moscow and the west. (Guardian)
Isn't defiance something you do to a superior? You don't defy a peer, really. Isn't this the problem with the way we deal with Russia?