Indian MiGs in Tajikistan & The Future Energy Grid

by Nathan Hamm on 4/27/2006

The head of the Russian Federation Council’s Security and Defense Committee, Viktor Ozerov, has no problems with India’s airbase in Tajikistan.

The possible deployment of Indian warplanes on Tajik territory doesn’t contradict the interests of the CIS Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO)…

“This is not prohibited by CSTO provisions, so it’s up to the Tajik parliament and government to make a decision,” he said.

“We do not interfere in the internal affairs of other states and can only express our approval or regret,” the senator said.

Well, isn’t that super nice of them. If there’s one thing Russia’s always good for, it’s staying out of the affairs of other states (so long as they are not too friendly with the West).

Should Russia perhaps worry a bit more about India’s increasing involvement in the region. If the US is successful in midwifing the creation of an energy grid linking South and Central Asia, India stands to have a powerful reason to ferociously shore up its interests in the region. And that almost certainly means tension with the CSTO (let’s not kid ourselves–Russia) and the SCO (again… China).

“One of our leading objectives is to fund a greatly expanded Afghan power grid, with connections to energy sources in Central Asia. “It’s a winning solution for both sides, providing much-needed energy to Afghanistan and serving as a major source of future revenue for countries like Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan.” New energy routes, Boucher said, would ensure that the next generation of South and Central Asian entrepreneurs had access to the resources they needed to prosper.

“We want to give South Asians access to the vast and rapidly-growing energy resources in Central Asia, whether they are oil and gas in Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan, thermal power in Uzbekistan, or hydropower in Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan.”

Speaking of thermal power in Uzbekistan, look who is missing on the map in the BBC’s story.

Boucher also was busy buttering up the Kazakhs today.

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