Foreign Policy: Have you been talking to people this week in Washington about your concerns over Russia?
Eka Tkeshelashvili: It's always part of the conversation. Russia continues to occupy important parts of Georgian territory -- not only from a territory point of view, but from the military standpoint. These are very convenient areas to be located militarily.
They can easily cut off communication lines if they just come a few kilometers out of Abkhazia. And when it comes to South Ossetia, it's only 40 miles from the capital. So this military presence is not only [a] political burden of being under partial occupation, but a substantial security threat because ... we firmly believe that Russia's aim when invading Georgia was not to annex Abkhazia and South Ossetia through occupation. The aims were much larger. Even larger than Georgia itself. And that those aims are not yet fulfilled.
FP: So do you see the prospect of future tensions?
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