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Kyrgyzstan begged Russia for military help Saturday to quell ethnic rioting as the country's second largest city burned and thousands of minority Uzbeks fled to the border. More than 60 people were reported killed and nearly 850 wounded in the violence.
Interim President Roza Otunbayeva acknowledged that her government has lost control over the south as its main city of Osh slid further into chaos. Her government sent troops and armor into the city of 250,000, but they have failed to stop...
There was no immediate response from Moscow to Otunbayeva's plea for help, even though she wrote to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and talked on the phone with Russia's powerful Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.
Yet Russia dominates a security pact of several ex-Soviet nations that includes Kyrgyzstan. Both its obligations under the Collective Security Treaty Organization and its strategic interests in the impoverish Central Asian nation suggest it will be open to Otunbayeva's call for help.
Originally posted by dolphinfan
reply to post by Misoir
Thats the end of Kyrgyzstan. The Russians will let them twist in the wind and then come in with serious concessions. In all probability they have been formenting this violence for some time.
Russia is going to be a big problem for the west. They get denied admission to world bodies like the G8, a meaningless snub since the G8 is meaningless and should be disbanded.
Russia this week strengthened their ministry of internal security, now allowing the government to arrest people who they believe are "about to" commit crimes. Putin's party voted enmass for the measure which was roundly opposed by the opposition partys.
Russia is against any sanctions on Iran and will become an increasingly troublesome force in the world. The best counter measure would be to play them off against China, but I doubt the current leaders of the West have either the guts or ability to navigate that kind of geopolitical move.