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