Moscow Moves to Block US Bases in Central Asia; Moves Troops to Afghan Border

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      Passionate Progressive
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      This contrasts with Russia’s moves in 2001 when it facilitated US/coalition operations – On 24 September 2001, President Vladimir Putin made the following statement:

      “……….As for the planned anti-terrorist operation in Afghanistan, we formulate our position as follows.  First, vigorous international cooperation between special services. Russia is supplying and intends to continue to supply the information available to it about the infrastructure and locations of international terrorists and about the bases training militants.  Second, we are prepared to make the Russian Federation’s air space available for the flights-through of planes carrying humanitarian cargo to the area of that anti-terrorist operation.  Third, we have agreed the above position with our allies from among Central Asian nations. They share this position and do not rule out for themselves the possibility of making their airfields available.  Fourth, Russia is also ready, if need be, to take part in international search and rescue operations.  Fifth, we will broaden cooperation with the internationally recognized government of Afghanistan led by Mr. Rabbani and provide additional support to his armed forces in the form of arms and military hardware supplies……….”

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      Instead we go it alone, acting like international terrorists.

      We are an arrogant species, believing our fantasy based "facts" are better than the other person's fake facts.
      If you are wrong, it will be because you are not cynical enough.
      The older we get, the less "Life in Prison" is a deterrent.
      Always wear a proper mask when out and about. The life you save could be both yours and mine.

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