But the Russian state has been getting in on the nationalist act, too:
The assumption that a number of European states will disintegrate in the future was expressed in a Russian TV summer 2006 show, intermingled with news broadcasting.This certainly sheds new light on Moscow's strategy in the Georgia crisis, which is obviously intended as a lesson to other European states and countries - a lesson which, Shlapentokh suggests, Europe will not ignore, in spite of its dependence on gas and oil.
The news quoted the angry statement of the Georgian president that Georgia would not give up Abkhazia or South Ossetia, indeed, not one meter of Georgian territory. The commentators discarded the statement and implied that Saakashvili plainly did not understand the global trend. The point, at least in Europe, one commentator asserted, is not integration but disintegration of existing states. The disintegration of Yugoslavia and independence of Kosovo from Serbia could lead to the disintegration of other European countries. The UK and Italy could follow their example, and Georgia would hardly be an exception.
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