Great Game Heats Up Russia

by Nathan Hamm on 12/11/2003

Great Game Heats Up
Russia is warning Azerbaijan against allowing US troops to be stationed on its territory. This is hilarious:

The Russian diplomat also voiced his pleasure that the
Azerbaijani government had not unveiled a positive standpoint on the
subject of U.S. troops. “Positioning foreign military bases in the
territory of other sovereign counties should be considered a partial
seizure of those countries’ independence,” stressed the Ambassador,
underlining the contradiction between the foreign military forces
deployed in Georgia and Georgian law. It is interesting to note that
the Russian ambassador spoke about the negative consequences of foreign
military bases in an independent country, but did not mention his
country’s large military presence in Georgia and Armenia.

Is the ambassador confused? Still thinking that
Azerbaijan is part of the Soviet Union or something? The gist of this
story is that Russia will be a bitch if Azerbaijan gets too close to
the US.

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Nathan is the founder and Principal Analyst for Registan, which he launched in 2003. He was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Uzbekistan 2000-2001 and received his MA in Central Asian Studies from the University of Washington in 2007. Since 2007, he has worked full-time as an analyst, consulting with private and government clients on Central Asian affairs, specializing in how socio-cultural and political factors shape risks and opportunities and how organizations can adjust their strategic and operational plans to account for these variables. More information on Registan's services can be found here, and Nathan can be contacted via Twitter or email.

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