posted on Jul, 15 2006 @ 12:20 PM
Originally posted by SportyMB
maloy, Where did you live in Russia? Ever been to Georgia?
I lived in St. Petersburg, Crimea (near Evpatoria), and Kranodar (Caucus). While in Krasnodar I have visited both Armenia, and Georgia (Abkhazia) on
This race for new "territories" by the US is obviously seen as very threatening by Russia. China isn't too thrilled about it either. US is making
more enemies than friends in the process. And if they make long term investments and possibly military outposts in Georgia and Azerbaijan, what is
the guarantee than pro-US government will stay in power. I fear US will create another dictatorship regime in both nations-even worse than now- (like
there is in Pakistan) to insure their investment isn't lost. This is mainly how Sakashvilli is screwing his own people.
As for Armenia- from what I know it has very good relations with Russia, so little chance for US interference there. Plus the BTC pipeline bypasses
it completele. Armenia will likely stay under pro-Russian influence. But Georgia turning into another Turkey is not a good thing for anyone. US
should focus on fighting its WOT before turning its attention to Russia. You make too many enemies, and then you are done for. Now US is looking to
buildup Crimea, and possibly create navy bases there. Well Crimeans will react very very negatively to this, and might even go as far as pressing for
separation from Ukraine. When US was holding its Sea Breeze exercises in Crimea, it did invite Russia to participate. Needless to say Russia
declines- the exercises consisted of practicing landing of an invasion force in would was the Soviet Union. Crimeans weren't too thrilled either,
effectively halting the exercises this year. What a great idea- let US exercise together with Ukraine, on how US would invade Ukraine. Brilliant.
Now why do some Ukrainians support this farce again?
As was said, now Russia is playing its cards, improving relations with places like Iran, Syria, Venezuela. Syria is a very good strategic location
because it gives Russia an excess to the Mediterranean, bypassing Turkey. In fact Russia has a very long stretching partnership with Syria dating
back many decades. The bad part is that Syria does not border Russia, and is isolated from it by Turkey. Overall this BTC pipeline affair has
trouble written all over it.
[edit on 15-7-2006 by maloy]