Central Asia’s Importance to Russia

by Nathan Hamm on 9/26/2003

Central Asia’s Importance to Russia
Via the RFE/RL Russian Foreign Policy and Security Watch:

President Vladimir Putin commented at the air-base signing
ceremony that the opening of the Kant base is the first step in
augmenting the Russian presence in the Central Asian region in the
interest of maintaining regional stability. “Central Asia is a very
important region for us,” ORT quoted Putin as saying. Asked to comment
on the fact that now both Russia and the U.S.-led antiterrorism
coalition in Afghanistan will have bases in Kyrgyzstan, Kyrgyz
President Askar Akaev said both bases are aimed against the same threat
— international terrorism.

Nice misdirection play by Askaev.

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