Former Russian president Dmitry Medvedev hints at the possibility of Russia annexing Abkhazia and South Ossetia, the breakaway regions in Georgia.
Why it matters
The potential annexation of Abkhazia and South Ossetia by Russia is significant as it could further escalate tensions between Russia and Georgia, and potentially impact the geopolitical balance in the region.
What the papers say
The articles from Politico, Metro, and Al Jazeera all report on Dmitry Medvedev's comments regarding the potential annexation of Abkhazia and South Ossetia by Russia. While the articles provide similar information about Medvedev's statement, they differ in their tone and emphasis. Politico highlights the rejection of annexation by Abkhazia, Metro focuses on the popularity of joining Russia among the regions' residents, and Al Jazeera emphasizes Medvedev's warning in response to discussions of Georgia's possible NATO membership.
How we got here
The breakaway regions of Abkhazia and South Ossetia in Georgia have been a source of conflict between Russia and Georgia since the brief war in 2008. Russia has recognized the independence of these regions, and Medvedev's comments suggest a potential further escalation of the situation.
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