Picking Sides

by Nathan Hamm on 3/23/2005

Andy points out an interesting part of a Moscow Times story that Laurence mentioned yesterday.

Akayev secretly visited Moscow last weekend to seek support, but President Vladimir Putin did not meet with him, said Arkady Dubnov, a Central Asia observer with Vremya Novostei. Dubnov, citing what he described as senior Kremlin sources, said Akayev met with presidential administration officials on Sunday and returned home Monday.

A meeting with Putin would have meant that “Moscow was signaling from behind the scenes that it supports Akayev” — something that the Kremlin does not want to do, Dubnov said.

Emphasis added. A lot of politicians and commentators say a lot of incendiary things. Television news says a lot of crazy things too. These voices very well could be a reflection of how the Russian government feels. But, if you want to know how it will behave, listen to guys like this.


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