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How the West Fueled Putin’s Sense of Impunity by doing nothing

4 september, 2008

Här kommer en som vanligt rättfram analys av Garry Kasparov. F.d. World Chess Champion och enastående stormästare och schack spelare som jag har haft nöjet att se spela live en gång. Numera politiker och grundade United Civil Front (Объединённый Гражданский Фронт) och är med i The Other Russia koalitionen (Объединённый Гражданский Фронт).

Och han har spelat en ledande roll i oppositionen mot Putin och utvecklingen i Ryssland under Putins ledarskap.

Det intressanta är ju även hans konstaterande att EU inte kommer att göra något OAVSETT vad som händer i Ryssland efter samtalet med ”den höge representanten” från EU för 3 år sedan.

Det är alltså på detta europeiska s.k. försvars- och säkerhetssamarbete som Sverige bygger sin försvars doktrin. Dvs. LUFT och HÖGTIDLIGA proklamationer när det INTE kostar något. När det bränner FÅR NÅGON ANNAN TA ANSVARET – The European Way.

Det är bara mantrat ”dialog och åter dialog” som gäller även om du blir ihjälslagen under tiden.

Hans officiella hemsida finns här: http://www.kasparov.com/

United Civil Fronts hemsida finns här: http://www.rufront.ru/

The Other Russia’ s hemsida finns här: http://www.theotherrussia.org/

Artikeln finns här:

http://online.wsj.com/public/article_print/SB121876037443642795.html

August 15, 2008

How the West Fueled Putin’s Sense of Impunity

By GARRY KASPAROV

August 15, 2008;

Russia’s invasion of Georgia reminded me of a conversation I had three years ago in Moscow with a high-ranking European Union official. Russia was much freer then, but President Vladimir Putin’s onslaught against democratic rights was already underway.

What would it take,” I asked, ”for Europe to stop treating Putin like a democrat? If all opposition parties are banned? Or what if they started shooting people in the street?” The official shrugged and replied that even in such cases, there would be little the EU could do. He added: ”Staying engaged will always be the best hope for the people of both Europe and Russia.”

The citizens of Georgia would likely disagree. Russia‘s invasion was the direct result of nearly a decade of Western helplessness and delusion. Inexperienced and cautious in the international arena at the start of his reign in 2000, Mr. Putin soon learned he could get away with anything without repercussions from the EU or America.

Russia reverted to a KGB dictatorship while Mr. Putin was treated as an equal at G-8 summits. Italy‘s Silvio Berlusconi and Germany‘s Gerhardt Schroeder became Kremlin business partners. Mr. Putin discovered democratic credentials could be bought and sold just like everything else. The final confirmation was the acceptance of Dmitry Medvedev in the G-8, and on the world stage. The leaders of the Free World welcomed Mr. Putin’s puppet, who had been anointed in blatantly faked elections.

On Tuesday, French President Nicolas Sarkozy sprinted to Moscow to broker a ceasefire agreement. He was allowed to go through the motions, perhaps as a reward for his congratulatory phone call to Mr. Putin after our December parliamentary ”elections.” But just a few months ago Mr. Sarkozy was in Moscow as a supplicant, lobbying for Renault. How much credibility does he really have in Mr. Putin’s eyes?

In reality, Mr. Sarkozy is attempting to remedy a crisis he helped bring about. Last April, France opposed the American push to fast-track Georgia‘s North Atlantic Treaty Organization membership. This was one of many missed opportunities that collectively built up Mr. Putin’s sense of impunity. In this way the G-7 nations aided and abetted the Kremlin’s ambitions.

Georgia blundered into a trap, although its imprudent aggression in South Ossetia was overshadowed by Mr. Putin’s desire to play the strongman. Russia seized the chance to go on the offensive in Georgian territory while playing the victim/hero. Mr. Putin has long been eager to punish Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili for his lack of respect both for Georgia‘s old master Russia, and for Mr. Putin personally. (Popular rumor has it that the Georgian president once mocked his peer as ”Lilli-Putin.”)

Although Mr. Saakashvili could hardly be called a model democrat, his embrace of Europe and the West is considered a very bad example by the Kremlin. The administrations of the Georgian breakaway areas of Abkhazia and South Ossetia are stocked, top to bottom, with bureaucrats from the Russian security services.

Throughout the conflict, the Kremlin-choreographed message in the Russian media has been one of hysteria. The news presents Russia as surrounded by enemies on all sides, near and far, and the military intervention in Georgia as essential to protect the lives and interests of Russians. It is also often spoken of as just the first step, with enclaves in Ukraine next on the menu. Attack dogs like Russian nationalist politician Vladimir Zhirinovsky are used to test and whip up public opinion. Kremlin-sponsored ultranationalist ideologue Alexander Dugin went on the radio to say Russian forces ”should not stop until they are stopped.” The damage done by such rhetoric is very slow to heal.

The conflict also threatens to poison Russia’s relationship with Europe and America for years to come. Can such a belligerent state be trusted as the guarantor of Europe‘s energy supply? Republican presidential candidate John McCain has been derided for his strong stance against Mr. Putin, including a proposal to kick Russia out of the G-8. Will his critics now admit that the man they called an antiquated cold warrior was right all along?

The conventional wisdom of Russia‘s ”invulnerability” serves as an excuse for inaction. President Bush’s belatedly toughened language is welcome, but actual sanctions must now be considered. The Kremlin’s ruling clique has vital interests — i.e. assets — abroad and those interests are vulnerable.

The blood of those killed in this conflict is on the hands of radical nationalists, thoughtless politicians, opportunistic oligarchs and the leaders of the Free World who value gas and oil more than principles. More lives will be lost unless strong moral lines are drawn to reinforce the shattered lines of the map.

Mr. Kasparov, leader of  , is a contributing editor of The Wall Street Journal.

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A Short collection of news about ”friendly neighborly Russian behavior”

4 september, 2008

Här kommer ett LITET axblock av notiser om en del ryska förehavanden de senaste två månaderna. Och som sagt enligt våra intälägänta politiker i Sveriges riksdag och regeringen så är den främsta prioriteringen för svenska försvaret (den lilla spillra som finns kvar och numera finns utomlands) att ”bekämpa” Global warming.

Detta var man totalt enig om i försvarsberedningen.

Som sagt det är värdiga representanter vi har i Sveriges riksdag och regeringen. Och det är tur att det är så visa personer som värnar Sveriges väl och ve – även i orostider.

http://en.rian.ru/russia/20080904/116544389.html

Russian Navy aircraft test new equipment over the Arctic

04/09/2008 12:59 MURMANSK, September 4 (RIA Novosti)

– Tu-142MK aircraft from Russia’s Northern Fleet conducted on September 2-3 reconnaissance flights over the Barents and Laptev seas and successfully tested new electronic on-board equipment, the fleet’s press service said Thursday. (Russian strategic bombers – Image gallery)

Tu-142 Bear-F is the maritime reconnaissance/strike version of the Tu-95 Bear strategic bomber, designed mainly for anti-submarine warfare.

”The tests of new on-board electronic equipment and weapons-control systems showed their high effectiveness,” the press service said in a statement.

The flights have been conducted strictly in accordance with international agreements and the norms of international law, the statement said.

Russia has recently stepped up regular patrols over the Arctic and said it may soon shift the focus of its military strategy toward the northern latitudes in order to protect its national interests in the Arctic, especially on its continental shelf, which may contain large deposits of oil and natural gas.

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http://en.rian.ru/business/20080825/116255222.html

Russia to boost foreign military trade by 8-10% annually

25/08/2008 13:10 MOSCOW, August 25 (RIA Novosti)

– Russia plans to increase foreign weapon sales by 8-10% annually over the next three to four years, the country’s defense cooperation service said on Monday.

Military-technical cooperation will see a steady increase in arms sales of 8-10% annually over the next three to four years. This is the potential set out in the defense contracts portfolio, and the industry potential,” said Vladimir Paleshchuk, vice director of the service.

Mikhail Dmitriyev, the head of the defense cooperation service, earlier said Russia would export arms worth over $8.5 billion this year.

Paleshchuk also warned problems could emerge after 2012 unless the government took steps to encourage investment in military production as many Russian defense companies either disappeared or converted over to manufacturing alternate goods in the 1990s.

The official commented optimistically on the state-owned Russian Technology Corporation, which he said ”employs not only highly-qualified managers experienced in arms sales, but who have first hand knowledge of weapons production.”

The Russian Technology Corporation was established in November 2007 to consolidate manufacturers of high-tech products for military and civilian purposes.

Russia had doubled annual arms exports since 2000 to $7 billion last year, becoming the world’s second-largest exporter of conventional weapons after the United States.

Russia exports arms to about 80 countries. Among the key buyers of Russian-made weaponry are China, India, Algeria, Venezuela, Iran, Malaysia and Serbia.

The most popular types of weaponry bought from Russia are Sukhoi and MiG fighters, air defense systems, helicopters, battle tanks, armored personnel carriers and infantry fighting vehicles.

Russia also maintains traditionally strong positions in the sales of small arms, anti-tank and air-defense missile systems.

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http://en.rian.ru/world/20080819/116125744.html

Rice says Russia playing ‘dangerous game’ with bomber flights

19/08/2008 12:34 WASHINGTON, August 19 (RIA Novosti)

– Condoleezza Rice has said the Bush administration is unhappy with flights by Russian strategic bombers near U.S. borders and accused Moscow of playing a ”dangerous game.”

Talking about flights by Tu-95 Bear bombers, the U.S. secretary of state told journalists Monday: ”We’ve had Russian Bear flights along the Norwegian coast…even along the borders with the United States which…is a very dangerous game, and perhaps one the Russians want to reconsider.”

”Nobody needs Russian strategic aviation along America‘s coasts,” she added. 

Rice made the comments as she left for an emergency session of the North Atlantic Council in Brussels, which is due to meet Tuesday to consider relations with Moscow following a cessation in hostilities between Russia and Georgia over South Ossetia.

The emergency meeting was called last week by Washington, which accused Russia of a ”disproportionate” response after Georgia launched a military offensive against South Ossetia August 8 to try and regain control over the breakaway region, prompting Russia to send several hundred tanks and thousands of troops into the region.

Rice said the main goal of the meeting of the 26-member alliance was to deny Russia its ”strategic objective” by backing Georgian democracy.

She also accused Russia of trying to assert its influence in the region ”by military means.” She added that Moscow had harmed ”its own reputation” with its response to the Georgian attack.

Russia resumed strategic bomber patrols, often escorted by NATO planes, over the Pacific, Atlantic and Arctic oceans last August following an order signed by then-president Vladimir Putin.

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