Russia says it may reconsider cooperation with West in Afghanistan - 11-28-2011, 03:09 PM
Russia says it may reconsider cooperation with West in Afghanistan - People's Daily Online
22:48, November 28, 2011
MOSCOW, Nov. 28 (Xinhua) -- Russia may reconsider its cooperation with NATO in Afghanistan if the alliance continues to ignore Moscow's concerns with Western missile defense systems in Europe, government officials said Monday.
"If our partners will not react to our predictable and expected statements regarding our national security risks, we will have to consider the issues of cooperation (with them) in the other areas," said Dmitry Rogozin, the Russian envoy to NATO.
For instance, the review may be applied to cooperation in Afghanistan, he said.
The envoy told the State Duma that Russia would be respected internationally only when other countries saw it as a power "capable to combat any emerging threats."
Therefore, it was necessary for Moscow to broaden the notion of "substantial combat force," he said.
"Both land and sea-based forces, primarily the fleet carrying guided weapons, should be included in this category to make the control over conventional armed forces in Europe viable," Rogozin was quoted by Interfax news agency as saying.
President Dmitry Medvedev warned last week that Moscow might deploy tactical missiles on its western and southern borders with Europe and consider withdrawing from the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty with the United States unless NATO offers legal assurances that western anti-missile systems would not target Russia.
11-28-2011, 03:15 PM
Do you really think Russia is going to consider backing a bunch of child suicidal bombing donkeys like the Taliban instead of the West.
Russia is only concerned about its interests in Iran, dont get too happy about it.
Russia can never forget the role Pakistan made in supporting Islamists to attack its soldiers and Afghan allies.
Khoobina ma kasa! Putin is a very wise man, and he knows first hand what the likes of you are really like during his time in Chechnya.
Pakistan is the epic centre of global Militant Islamism, it wont be long before Russia starts asking questions about Chechens in Pakhtunkhwa!
by the way, I got some good news for you
KARACHI: The Pakistani rupee hit a new record low on Monday, touching 88.04 to the dollar on increased import payments.
The rupee was trading at 88.00/10 to the dollar at 9:55 a.m. (0455 GMT), compared with Friday's close of 87.75/80.
Pakistani rupee hits record low of 88.04 to dollar
They should block the border and let the Pakistanis suffer more!
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Wahe Guru (11-28-2011)
11-28-2011, 03:22 PM
The Russian communists got their asses kicked in both Afghanistan and in tiny Chechnya so their participation is very unlikely as they always loss in Muslim land.
Soon Russia will become Islamic country, Insha'allah.
Russia Considers Blocking NATO Supply Routes - 11-28-2011, 03:49 PM
By ALAN CULLISON
Russia Considers Blocking NATO Supply Routes - WSJ.com
MOSCOW—Russia said it may not let NATO use its territory to supply troops in Afghanistan if the alliance doesn't seriously consider its objections to a U.S.-led missile shield for Europe, Russia's ambassador to NATO said Monday.
Russia has stepped up its objections to the antimissile system in Europe, threatening last week to deploy its own ballistic missiles on the border of the European Union to counter the move. The North Atlantic Treaty Organization says the shield is meant to thwart an attack from a rogue state such as Iran, that it poses no threat to Russia, and that the alliance will go ahead with the plan despite Moscow's objections.
If NATO doesn't give a serious response, "we have to address matters in relations in other areas," Russian news services reported Dmitri Rogozin, ambassador to NATO, as saying. He added that Russia's cooperation on Afghanistan may be an area for review, the news services reported.
Threats to the NATO supply line through Russia come at an awkward time for the alliance. NATO has become increasingly reliant on the Russian route as problems in Pakistan—its primary supply route—have escalated. Over the weekend, Pakistan closed its border to trucks delivering supplies in response to coalition airstrikes Saturday that killed 25 Pakistani soldiers.
NATO began shipping its supplies through Russia in 2009, after the so-called reset in relations between Moscow and the U.S., allowing the alliance a safer route for supplies into Afghanistan. But U.S.-Russian relations have been strained lately by the approach of elections in both countries. In the past week, the Kremlin has sharply stepped up its anti-Western rhetoric ahead of parliamentary elections on Dec. 4.
Ivan Safranchuk, deputy director of the Moscow-based Institute of Contemporary International Studies, said Russia is unlikely to cut off the flow of NATO supplies to Afghanistan as an immediate response to missile-defense decisions. But Russia does want its objections to the missile shield to be taken more seriously, he said.
"If the U.S. is not responsive, then a cutoff could be a reality at some point," Mr. Safranchuk said. "Russia would like the U.S. to be more serious about Russian concerns."
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11-29-2011, 12:57 AM
Russia "could reexamine relations with NATO"
B92 - News - Russia "could reexamine relations with NATO"
Source: Tanjug BRUSSELS -- Disagreements over NATO's missile defense shied could lead Russia to reexamine its ties with the military alliance when it comes to other strategic issues.
This could happen if NATO "fails to provide answers to questions about (its) anti-missile defense", said Dmitry Rogozin.
Russia's ambassador to NATO was quoted by the Itar-Tass news agency on Monday.
"If our partners fail to react to statements that are predictable and proportionate to risks and threats, we must touch on our relationship with them in view of other issues," Rogozin stated.
Detailing the possible moves in the context of his statement, the ambassador singled out "the question of Afghanistan".
At the same time, Rogozin spoke in favor of the problem being solved "systematically, with NATO allies".
11-29-2011, 01:00 AM
Russia Threatens To Cut Off NATO Afghanistan Transit | EurasiaNet.org
Russia Threatens To Cut Off NATO Afghanistan Transit
November 28, 2011 - 6:24pm, by Joshua Kucera
Russia has threatened to cut off NATO supply routes to Afghanistan if the alliance doesn't compromise on its missile defense plans, Moscow's NATO envoy, Dmitry Rogozin, has said. From the Wall Street Journal:
If NATO doesn't give a serious response, "we have to address matters in relations in other areas," Russian news services reported Dmitri Rogozin, ambassador to NATO, as saying. He added that Russia's cooperation on Afghanistan may be an area for review, the news services reported.This is just the latest in several headaches that the U.S. has had to deal with over the last couple of weeks regarding its supply lines to Afghanistan. First, there was an explosion in Uzbekistan on a line used by the U.S. and NATO, then Pakistan cut off its supply lines in response to a NATO attack that killed 28 Pakistani soldiers. And the flamboyantly nationalist Rogozin rarely misses a chance to kick the U.S. when it's down. (He also gloated, via twitter, that a somewhat threatening statement by Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on missile defense last week forced U.S. officers at NATO to go into work on Thanksgiving.)
An expert quoted by the Journal suggests that this new Russian threat isn't too serious:
Ivan Safranchuk, deputy director of the Moscow-based Institute of Contemporary International Studies, said Russia is unlikely to cut off the flow of NATO supplies to Afghanistan as an immediate response to missile-defense decisions. But Russia does want its objections to the missile shield to be taken more seriously, he said.And EurasiaNet's Deirdre Tynan reported today that Russia has quietly acceded to U.S. and NATO plans to begin using the Northern Distribution Network to take materiel out of Afghanistan, rather than just into the country as has so far been the case. So on a technical level, at least, there has been progress on U.S.-Russian cooperation on Afghan transit.
The broader question is, why is Russia all of a sudden making a big deal on missile defense again? Russia somewhat out of the blue ratcheted up the tension on missile defense with his statement last week, in which he threatened to attack NATO missile defense sites. There is a large element of posturing on both sides here. As Tomas Hirst put it on twitter: "To be clear. Medvedev is threatening to attack missiles that don't yet exist, which are supposed to intercept missiles that also don't exist."
Russians also know that the timing is terrible from a U.S. perspective: just as the U.S. presidential campaign starts to get underway, they know that President Obama can't make any concessions to Russia, because such a move would just invite Republicans to attack him for "selling out" to America's "enemies."
To come up with an explanation for all this is beyond the scope of this blog (and perhaps beyond human understanding). Fyodor Lyukanov makes a game effort in Gazeta.ru (translation by Johnson's Russia List):
Why is Moscow being so stubborn? If considerations of prestige, deep distrust of the United States, and other (although also important) factors of a psychological character are not taken into account, it in effect boils down to an unsolvable problem. Everyone, even the most obstinate hawks on both sides of the Atlantic, understands that in present conditions the likelihood of a nuclear conflict between Russia and America is insignificantly small, if it exists at all. However, the very fact of the existence of enormous nuclear potentials built up in the years of the ideological confrontation makes it impossible to brush off the concept of "strategic stability," which was and is based on guaranteed mutual destruction.It's as good an explanation as any. Will the NDN be a casualty of this "unsolvable problem?" It doesn't seem likely now -- but if Putin and a future Republican U.S. president start escalating their rhetoric, all bets are off.
11-30-2011, 01:48 AM
Russia threatens to block NATO routes
Tue Nov 29, 2011 7:26AM GMT
PressTV - Russia threatens to block NATO routes
Russia has threatened to block NATO's supply routes to Afghanistan, should the Western military alliance continue to disregard Moscow's concerns about the US-led defense shield for Europe, a report says.
Russian Ambassador to NATO Dmitri Rogozin warned that Moscow will review its cooperation with the Western military alliance on Afghanistan if the NATO fails to address Russia's objections, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday.
Earlier on Thursday, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev warned that direct actions will be taken if his country's concerns are not addressed.
Medvedev envisioned possible missile attacks on Poland, Romania, Spain, and Turkey as a means to disable the counter-missile batteries, if the United States fails to acknowledge the concerns of the Russian defense officials.
He also warned that the country will deploy nuclear weapons to European borders in response to the move.
Russia's threats to suspend the NATO supply lines to Afghanistan coincides with a similar punitive measure taken by Pakistan on Saturday in retaliation to the US-led alliance's recent airstrikes on Pakistani military forces, which killed 24 soldiers.
NATO started using safer routes in Russia to deliver its supplies to its forces since Washington and Moscow reset diplomatic relations in 2009.
The Russian government has long opposed the NATO's disputed plan of deploying an anti-missile shield in Europe, arguing that the would-be system in its "backyard” is not to secure Washington's European allies, but is effectively aimed at Russia.
NATO claims that the anti-missile shield is planned to thwart possible attacks from 'rogue' states, and it will go ahead with the plan despite Russia's concerns.
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