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Georgia President Snubs Russia during Olympics

WASHINGTON — As the U.S., European Union and Russia square off against each other during the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, former U.S.S.R. satellite country Georgia is snubbing their former communist ruler.

sochi hammer and sickle [1]Reuters reported [2] that Georgian President Georgy Margvelashvili does not plan on traveling to Sochi to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The two countries were in a brief but brutal war in 2008, where Russia embarrassed the smaller country.

“The Georgian official delegation will not attend the Olympic GamesĀ in Sochi,” said Vano Machavariani, the Georgian president’s foreign policy adviser, “Georgia will be represented in Sochi by our sportsmen and representatives of the Georgian Olympic Committee.”

The 2008 war lasted for five days and was due to the desire of Abkhazia and South Ossetia to break away from Georgia and align itself with Russia. Those provinces are mostly made up of Russian-speaking people. Margvelashvili’s predecessor, Mikheil Saakashvili, bore the brunt of the criticism over the brief war. Margvelashvili has pledged to integrate with the European Union, ignoring the concerns of Russia.