This week's deal to end the Russia-Georgia war may drive wedge between US and EU.
Moscow's strategy to drive a wedge between European countries was on display during Monday's EU crisis meeting.
Tuesday, after invoking Kosovo to recognize two separatist republics, Russia changed its tack.
Damascus is seeking an arms deal with Moscow, a move that would bolster its position in the Middle East.
Despite tensions over missile deals and NATO expansion, the West's ties with Russia are far more nuanced than in Soviet days.
After weeks of escalating skirmishes with South Ossetia, Georgia moved to regain control of the enclave. Russia responded by sending in tanks.