So effectively, the former Soviet Union is surround, now by a breakaway Ukraine aswell, and as i mentioned, an animal in a corner always come outs
Whats funny is that they are surrounded [as you put it] by either 'Former Soviet Union States" or former
"Warsaw Pact Allies" who just might know a thing or two more about how it was in the
good ole Soviet Union.
Former Soviet States....
Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania are now playing with their new friends, NATO.
Georgia should be the new kid on the NATO block before then end of 2014.
Moldova hasnt been friends with Russia since 2003, since Russias proposal to end the
Ukraine...well, sit back and watch the show.
Uzbekistan backed out of the CTSO TREATY
in 2012, leading to comments that Uzbekistan was warming up to
Turkmanistan has gas, Russia will bend over backwards to keep her sweet.
Tajikistan is highly dependant on the remittances coming from Russia. In 2012, it received US $3.595 billion in migrant remittances, equalling some
48% of its GDP. Some 1.5 million Tajiks work abroad, mostly in Russia.
Kyrgyzstan has a Russian air force base, only because its economically dependant on Russia.
Kazakhstan, yes, are well in with Russia. The Russians have actually given in and given them an official border and a few lines on map. How sweet.
Belarus, again, another country economically dependant on Russia. However theres bad blood, so its not all hugs and kisses. In 2009 Russia offered
Belarus a 500 million dollar loan, with the condition they officaly recognised South Ossetia and Abkhazia.
They said NO, saying Belarus's point of view wasn't for sale..Russia then said it was time to pay the gas bill for that year. They asked for 231
million dollars. Belarus then threatened to put up customs points and asked if having Russia as a freind was even necessary..
Azerbaijan..well pissed that Russia has sold (allegedly) 800 million dollars worth of arms to Armenia..
Armenia is Russias best buddy, along with Iran..
So....Russia has only one real country it can rely on, Armenia, in the area. The rest are dependent economically and have no real allegance to their