FIIA Comment

FIIA Comment 9 (2015)   

The New Alliance and Integration Treaty between Russia and South Ossetia:
When does integration turn into annexation?

Published 24.3.2015

Sinikukka Saari
The Finnish Institute of International Affairs

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Crimea is not Russia’s only land grab in the post-Soviet neighbourhood. Russia has just signed an integration treaty effectively abolishing the border between Russia and South Ossetia, a separatist enclave of Georgia. In practice, it is hard to see much difference between integration à la South Ossetia and annexation.