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The country's Western orientation soon led to the worsening of relations with Russia, culminating in the brief Russo-Georgian War.
In the late 18th century, the kingdom of Kartli-Kakheti forged an alliance with the Russian Empire, and the area was annexed by Russia in 1801.
The latter's rule over Georgia was confirmed in 1813 through the Treaty of Gulistan with Qajar Iran.
A unified Kingdom of Georgia reached the peak of its political and economic strength during the reign of King David IV and Queen Tamar in the 11th–12th centuries.
Thereafter the area was dominated by various large empires for centuries, including the Mongols, the Ottoman Empire, and successive dynasties of Iran.