The reported downing of two unmanned Georgian spy drones over Abkhazia come as both sides accuse each other of preparing for war.
The Security Council meets today to discuss Tbilisi's allegation that Russia shot down its spy aircraft. Moscow says the drone's flight over the breakaway region of Abkhazia violates a cease-fire.
Frustration is deep over Western support for independence that Russia sees as destabilizing and against international law.
The pro-West president called Saturday's snap polls after being criticized for authoritarianism. With early results giving him 48 percent of the vote, opponents protest fraud.
Monitor correspondents and experts suggest what to watch for in eight international conflicts.