Tadzhikistan: First Permanent Russian Military Base Opened
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Tajik President Imomali Rakhmonov dedicated the first permanent Russian military base in Tajikistan today. Russian troops have been in Tajikistan for years, but the presidents have legally agreed on a new way to look at their presence.
17 Ocober 2004 -- The two presidents watched as the Russian flag was raised today at the military base in Dushanbe to mark the new status for some Russian troops in Tajikistan.
Yesterday, Presidents Vladimir Putin and Imomali Rakhmonov signed an agreement establishing permanent posts in Tajikistan for the troops of Russia's 201st Motorized Rifle Division. The division had been stationed in the country since the collapse of the Soviet Union, but the agreement formalized the legal status of the unit's presence.
What I also smell as far as the rat goes is that Russia is wanting to serve notice to the USA that it will not be a pushover for dominance of the Central Asian Republics.
If you watched "The Truth And Lies of 9-11", you know that the speaker extensively quoted Zbigniew Brzezinski in regard to the requirement for United States dominance of those Central Asian Republics to get the oil and natural gas.
The Russians, presumably, know the US's desperation to maintain its oil import requirement and therefore will wish to maintain its own sovereignty in this area.
The extreme economic weakness of Russia and its relative lack of power in the -stans again smells like a deliberate act by United States officials to weaken the Russian economy by giving them bad advice so that Russia's internal troubles would prevent it from adequately telling the USA to back off from the -stans.
The USA would never have dared even think about putting troops inside those Central Asian republics if the USSR was still around.