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The Prospects of a New Cold War? Towards the Consolidation of the Russian-led CSTO Military Alliance

Posted by smeddum on May 8, 2009

by José Miguel Alonso Trabanco

Global Research, May 8, 2009

“We are not afraid of anything, including the prospect of a new Cold War, but we don’t want one” -Russian President Dmitriy Medvedev

In his 1997 book entitled The Grand Chessboard American geostrategist Zbigniew Brzezinski wrote that if Russia ever attempted to launch its own defense pact, it would include, “at most”, Belarus and Tajikistan[1]. Twelve years later, his list turned out to be incomplete. Moreover, the attempts being made in order to enhance the Russian-led CSTO’s actual power projection capabilities and the efforts undertaken to bring the organization’s members closer together is something Brzezinski failed to anticipate and it seems that the latest developments concerning CSTO demonstrate that his triumphalism was premature. Read the rest of this entry »

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Russia, China on comradely terms

Posted by seumasach on May 3, 2009

M K Bhadrakumar

Asia Times

2nd May, 2009

Westernism is giving way to Orientalism in Moscow’s outlook, if the past week’s happenings are any guide. As Russia’s ties with the West deteriorate, an upswing in its strategic partnership with China becomes almost inevitable.

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Moscow, Tehran force the US’s hand

Posted by seumasach on February 9, 2009

M K Bhadrakumar

Asia Times

6th February, 2009

It may seem there could be nothing in common between the blowing up of a bridge in the Khyber, the usage of an air base nestling in the foothills of the Pamirs and the launch of a 60-pound (37.2 kilogram) satellite into the night sky that will circle the Earth 14 times a day.

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CSTO’s rapid-reaction force to equal NATO’s – Medvedev

Posted by seumasach on February 6, 2009


MOSCOW, February 4 (RIA Novosti) – The collective rapid-reaction force to be created by a post-Soviet regional security bloc will be just as good as comparable NATO forces, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Wednesday.

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CSTO – a NATO for the East?

Posted by seumasach on February 4, 2009

Russia Today 

4th February, 2009

The members of the Collective Security Treaty Organization – Russia and six neighbouring states – have agreed to set up a collective rapid reaction force to combat terrorism, military aggression, and drug trafficking.

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Russia remains a Black Sea power

Posted by seumasach on August 29, 2008

“The Montreal Convention assures the free passage of Russian warships through the Straits of Bosphorous. Under the circumstances, NATO’s grandiose schemes to occupy the Black Sea as its private lake seem outlandish now. There must be a lot of egg on the faces of the NATO brains in Brussels and their patrons in Washington and London.”

The reason being , as we have been at pains to point out, that the whole Georgia operation, from the US point of view, was concerned, not with the realities of geopolitics but with saving the knecks of Cheney and co. It may seem remarkable that thousands of lives were sacrificed, a key US ally was humiliated and all foreign policy rationality abandoned just to save a few war criminals from the dock, but such is the reality of politics at the end of empire.

M K Bhadrakumar

Asia Times

30th August, 2008

If the struggle in the Caucasus was ever over oil and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s (NATO’s) agenda towards Central Asia, the United States suffered a colossal setback this week. Kazakhstan, the Caspian energy powerhouse and a key Central Asian player, has decided to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Russia over the conflict with Georgia, and Russia’s de facto control over two major Black Sea ports has been consolidated. 

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