The New Republic: “This Tiny Pacific Island Nation Just Gave Russia a Big Bruise”

"It might be unfair to call Nauru and Tuvalu diplomatic prostitutes, but they have tended to hook up with anyone who’ll pay them.", May 20, 2014, Tbilisi, Georgia

After the Georgian-Russian war in 2008, Georgia’s two breakaway regions South Ossetia and Abkhazia were recognized as independent states by five countries: Nicaragua, Venezuela, Nauru, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.

Now, that number is down to three: Nicaragua, Venezuela, and Nauru.

An article by Oliver Bullough, published on the New Republic website, said history showed these five countries tended to "hook up” with anyone who would pay them.

Tuvalu has not chosen Georgia over Russia. It has chosen the West over Russia. Something must have happened to persuade it to change its mind. The question is what? Also, was Russia given the chance to respond? If so, why did it not make a better offer? There are some very interesting questions here that are not immediately easy to answer.

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