European Union monitors began patrolling Georgian territory Wednesday.
As EU monitors arrive, new details contradict Russia's assertion that Georgia invaded South Ossetia first.
Moscow is offering Abkhazia a set of economic benefits, on top of a security guarantee.
Contradictory messages are rampant as the EU and US reconsider security pledges to Georgia while new players such as Iran and Turkey enter the game.
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