Georgia claims that Russia was expanding and accelerating support for secessionists in both South Ossetia and Abkhasia, especially preceding and following the large Russian military exercises in the region, dubbed Caucasus Frontier 2008, during July.
The Russians will stay in Georgia until they have dismantled the Georgian Army and navy bases that could threaten the ethnic enclaves of South Ossetia and Abkhasia again, removing all the new American weaponry that gave Georgia an offensive military capability, and then they will withdraw to the enclaves as the cease-fire agreement requires.
"The Iranian nuclear programme, missile defence systems in Europe, situation in Abkhasia (in Russia): you can easily add several other "hot points" from the acute political map - Kosovo, for example, or Nato enlargement," he said.
He said that dialogue and trust were also vital to the peaceful resolution of the regional conflicts in South Ossetia and Abkhasia. In this connection, Steinmeier rejected a prejudicial effect of a Kosovo status solution on the frozen conflicts' in the southern Caucasus.