It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.
Please white-list or disable AboveTopSecret.com in your ad-blocking tool.
Some features of ATS will be disabled while you continue to use an ad-blocker.
MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Kremlin-backed chief of Russia's turbulent Chechnya region said his forces were fighting U.S. and British intelligence services who want to split the country apart, according to an interview published on Thursday.
Former rebel-turned-Moscow-ally Ramzan Kadyrov said in comments to Zavtra newspaper reprinted on his official website that he had seen the U.S. driving licence of a CIA operative who was killed in a security operation he led.
Chechen authorities have previously said insurgents following the radical Wahabist form of Islam receive support from international Islamist groups sympathetic to al-Qaeda, but have not accused the West of instigating violence.
The West sought to attack both Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and the country as a whole by targeting the country's weakest regions, Kadyrov said in the comments republished prominently on www.chechnya.gov.ru.
Just nine years ago on such days, the 5-day conflict in Georgia took place which had several political, economic and geopolitical effects. Accordingly, in an exclusive interview with The Guardian, former MI6 chief John Scarlett revealed some of the behind-the-scenes stories surrounding this issue and also the Rose Revolution in Georgia after several years. According to him, the Rose Revolution was a collaborative effort of the CIA and MI6, and it pursued various goals.
He elaborated: “it was supposed that after bringing Saakashvili to power, based on the plan, the strategic fragmentation of Russia and its re-disintegration to be carried out in three steps. The first step was establishment of military and intelligence bases and the deployment of military and security officers in South Ossetia. At the second step, radical Islamists were supposed to come to power in Dagestan, Chechnya, North Ossetia and Cherkes. This part of the plan was followed by joint appointments between the CIA, MI6, and senior security officials of Turkey and Saudi Arabia. If political power was held by Islamists in these regions, practically NATO forces could get access to the northern mountains of the Caucasus region.
The third step was considered to begin after the stabilization of the military and security base in Ukraine. A fictitious quarrel between Ukraine and Russia was supposed to take place based on the coordination of the U.S. and British security services, and subsequently the control of the North Caucasus and all of Russia's shores along with the Black Sea to be given to NATO with the intervention of the US and British forces. This phase of the operation was supposed to be concluded with the formal acceptance of the membership of Ukraine and Georgia in NATO, and practically Russia would face another collapse."
John Scarlett continued: "Georgia's revolution ended in victory and Saakashvili came to power. He called for NATO membership which was listed out of place on the agenda of the NATO summit with our mediation. However, unfortunately, the 2008 Georgia war was an iron fist of Moscow against our biggest strategic plan in the Caucasus. The CIA's bases which were assumed to be stationed in South Ossetia were incapacitated in Tbilisi. On the other hand, the initial steps for the second phase were prepared that Putin's next blow in Chechnya and scorched-earth policy disrupted all the plans in the North Caucasus.
Although the crisis of Ukraine and Russia became worsen in several phases, Putin landed the third deadly blow on this strategic plan by integrating Crimea to Russia; and disappointed us in Russia’s fragmentation and practically the entire operation was terminated.”
"I must admit that the two Georgian and Crimean wars, the most strategic plan of the U.S. and Britain over the past several years for collapsing Russia, ended with failure,” added the former MI6 chief.