After a brief victorious war, the Kremlin must decide what to do with its triumph.
The Kremlin has already reasserted its historic military dominance in the region, punished Georgia for its surprise attack on South Ossetia's capital and humiliated a bitter foe, Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili.
Now, Russia is expected to set up permanent military bases in Abkhazia and South Ossetia and establish a security zone around their borders. It appears poised to charge Saakashvili with genocide in a Russian court, and strengthen ties with the two separatist regions.
After that, there is no certainty about what might happen.
Yes there is. Russia has now secured their ground access to Iran.