Chechnya is own territory of Russia. Iraq is independent state.Originally posted by tsar
Oh my, were do I begin? Lets start with ‘Do Russian bombers bomb other countries now?’ Yes. One word Chechnya, you point to a thread about the Chechnian bombing of the Moscow subway. Maybe if Russia weren’t in Chechnya they wouldn’t bomb you. Isn’t that the argument you use with the U.S? If we leave other countries alone they will like us? Maybe the Chechnian’s would like you if you were not in their country.
Russia has right to make order in its own territory. USA made military invasion in independent state without Declaration of War. It is worse that Vietnam and Afghanistan, foreign troops were in these countries in result of request of governments of these countries.
It is main difference between Chechnya and Iraq.
Russian bombers do not bomb other countries. Russian bombers even do not bomb Chechnya now.
Yes, during First Chechen Campaign Russian bombers and artillery hitted many civilian objects (like US do now in Iraq). Yes, some amount of Chechens fought against Russia because Russian bombers and artillery fought their house and killed their relatives.
This experience was used during Second Chechen Campaign and now. We uses principle that main factor is to win the sympathy of local civilians. In the end we prefer to make to use peaceful methods for decision of Chechen problem (excluding actions against real bandits), Chechen is leader of Chechnya now (he fought against Russia during First Chechen Campaign), local police contains local Chechens, troops amount is decreasing constantly, refugees return in home places.
If you really want to know about Chechen War read data about it, I gave link earlier.
We will not go out from Chechnya more because we went out from Chechnya in 1996 and Chechen bandits invaded in Russia in 1999.
If US will go away from Iraq Iraq has no possibility to invade in America.
So questions areAs for my statement ‘would changing Russian policy make a better image in the minds of other people and decrees the amount of enemies and threats to Russia?’ I am not living in the past. I get my information from a private intelligence service. Jane’s Intelligence Digest. The same people that put out Jane’s all the worlds’ aircraft. You will be able to check my information at www.janes.com.
The headline in their 12-march 2004 issue was Lithuania Destabilized by Russia.
Why is Russia destabilizing a NATO member? Why are there Russian troops in Moldova? And Georgia?
1. I never heard about destabilizing situation in Lithuania. They made impeachment of president Paksas but Russia is not related to this…
May be, you speak about Latvia? In Latvia Russians are 30% (digit is not exact it is from my memory) of population but local government constantly violated rights of local Russian population. Reason of last events was that local government ordered to teach all schoolchildren in Latvian language (not less 60% of time). Local Russian schoolchildren do not want to learn in Latvian language and demand from government to cancel this law.
2. Moldova. In 1993 there was large conflict in Moldova between Moldova and Pridnestrovskaya Republic, it was real war. Russian general Lebed’, commander of Russian troops here, which remained from USSR time, stopped this war with using of force, he ordered for troops to go out in field between opposite sides and forced them to cease fire. Russian troops in Moldova are guarantor of peace in this region.
Russia wants to remove troops from this place after reliable peace here when both sides of conflict will ask about it.
3. Georgia. I do not know why Russia doesn’t want to remove troops from this country. As I know Russian troops are peacemakers here, they are securing border between Georgia and Abkhazia from military actions (there was real war here in 1993).
If you read serious data about it you have to know how do Russian politicians explain it. I do not believe that they didn’t use any arguments.[ In January your defense minister, Sergei Ivanov, confirmed that 4,500 troops are unlikely to withdrawal from two bases in Georgia by 2014. 10 years after the 2004 deadline agreed to by Boris Yeltsin in 1999.
But all these 3 points are too small problems (it is even not problems), any country has many such things.
According international polls amount of people who suppose that US is threat for them is much more than amount of people who suppose that Russia is threat for them. And amount of such people is increasing especially in Arabian World. If you are so experienced in international relations you can try to prove that it is not true…
Russia has no large international problems now so I do not see reasons for changing of current Russian policy.
If Americans suppose that situation is OK for America in this question – it is your right to continue your current policy.