Saturday, October 23, 1999 Published at 00:02 GMT 01:02 UK
Georgia fears all-Caucasus war
The Georgian army is already preparing for the worst
By BBC Moscow correspondent Robert Parsons
As the Russian offence continues, Russia's southern neighbours are concerned that the conflict could spread to their territories.
War is no stranger to the Georgian border regions - and more might be just around the corner.
The border stretches for more than 80km (50 miles), a warren of mountainous roads and paths, and Russia cannot control it.
Russian planes have already bombed border villages. Mistakes, says Russia - blackmail, say many Georgians.
Russia accuses Georgia of turning a blind eye to across-the-border arms smuggling.
And it demands that Russian soldiers are allowed to control the border.
Georgia feels threatened. The Georgian army might be tiny but it already preparing for the worst.
The Russian offensive in Chechnya could have disastrous consequences in a region full of unresolved conflicts.
In Georgia they are looking forward to winter. Soon, the snow will make the mountain passes impenetrable.
Georgia hopes it will seal it off from Chechnya's troubles.