Russia in Central Asia

by Anonymous on 10/18/2004 · 3 comments

After opening the second military base in Central Asia, the biggest Russian military base abroad at the present, and pledging over 2 billion USD in investments in the next few years to Tadjikistan, Russia has joined today the Central Asian Cooperation Organisation.
The same article quotes President Karimov to say:

“The role and significance of Russia in this region will always exist, and Russia’s interests will be preserved,” Karimov said after talks with Putin Saturday, according to Russia’s ITAR-Tass news agency.

According to President Putin, Russia seeks ” a close economic cooperation, and effective joint action against contemporary threats” (Russian source)

Also the First Russian channel reports that the secret services of the member countries of the organisation are to prepare, within three months, the list of terroristic organisations which will be banned in Russia and Central Asia.

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Alisher October 18, 2004 at 7:53 am

The Russian First Channel also reports President Putin’s interesting quote in realtion to the presidential campaign in the USA: “Russia was always against military action in Irak. Even today, we have significantly different points of view on this with President Bush. The attacks of terrorist forces in Irak at the present, target first of all not the coalition forces, but personally President Bush. International terrorism has the objective to cause maximum possible damage to Bush during the presidential campaign, and prevent him from being reelected. If they will achieve this they will celebrate the victory over America, and to certain extent, over the antiterrorist coalition, taking into account the role and importance of the US in this coalition” (unofficial translation)

Laurence October 18, 2004 at 9:30 am

Alisher, Does this mean that Putin endorses Bush? Interpretation, please…

Alisher October 19, 2004 at 7:34 am

Yes. Absolutely. By this statement he endorses Bush. Though in his televised interview when asked what he thinks about the fact that Kerry uses American losses in Irak as a way to criticise Bush, Putin said that he doesnt want to answer this question because he will accept whatever the President Americans will choose, and he doesnt want to spoil his relationship with neither candidate.

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