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Kyrgyzstan Asks Russia To Invade Them

From a cheering New York Times:

Kyrgyzstan Seeks Russian Help to Quell Unrest

By MICHAEL SCHWIRTZ

June 12, 2010

MOSCOW — As violence spiraled out of control in a third day of clashes in southern Kyrgyzstan on Saturday, the Kyrgyz provisional government asked Russia to send in troops.

Just as we predicted, only yesterday.

Of course this required very little prescience, since the Soviet Union Russia – like their friends in Nazi Germany – have used this ham-fisted tactic for decades.

With the death toll in Osh, Kyrgyzstan’s second largest city, reaching 69 and a state of emergency extending to a second city, the government acknowledged its efforts to end the violence had been fruitless.

“The situation in the Osh region has spun out of control,” said Kyrgyzstan’s acting president, Roza Otunbayeva.

Who was installed by the Soviets Russians.

“Attempts to establish a dialogue have failed, and fighting and rampages are continuing. We need outside forces to quell confrontation.”

But Russia, which has a small military base in the north and has been a political patron of this former Soviet republic, said only that it would consider the request.

A spokeswoman for President Dmitri A. Medvedev of Russia said that no decision would be made until at least Monday, when Russia is to hold consultations with other members of the Collective Security Treaty Organization, a regional security alliance of former Soviet republics.

“A decision about deploying peacekeeping forces to Kyrgyzstan can only be made collectively with all members of the C.S.T.O.,” the spokeswoman, Natalya Timakova, said Saturday evening. She also said that Russia was continuing to ship humanitarian assistance, including medicine, to Kyrgyzstan….

It remained unclear what started the violence, which threatens to undermine the already fragile provisional government, which took power in April after rioting deposed the country’s president.

It should be more clear any day now what “started the violence.”

The interim government has never fully established control in part of the south, where supporters of the ousted president, Kurmanbek S. Bakiyev, have frequently clashed with those loyal to the new government…

Russia and the United States have in recent years been jockeying for influence in Kyrgyzstan, and deploying soldiers there could help solidify Russia’s foothold.

No kidding.

The United States has an important military base on the outskirts of the capital, Bishkek, which is used to support the NATO mission in Afghanistan. Russia, which has a smaller base in Kant, has frequently chafed at the American military presence in what it considers its sphere of influence.

Russia appeared to support the protest movement that led to Mr. Bakiyev’s ouster, and it has sought closer relations with Kyrgyzstan’s new authorities.

“Appeared”? What a laugh.

It was one of the first countries to reach out to the provisional government, and it has offered millions of dollars in aid. Provisional officials frequently travel to Moscow for talks with high-ranking Russians, including Mr. Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir V. Putin.

Under Mr. Bakiyev, the Kyrgyz government appeared to favor the United States. Mr. Bakiyev incensed the Kremlin when he apparently reneged on an agreement to close the American base in exchange for more Russian aid.

The provisional government took control after riots on April 7 forced Mr. Bakiyev from power

And where The Times puts “riots” they should have put “the Russians.”

But they would never dare speak the truth about their comrades in arms.

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, June 12th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Kyrgyzstan Asks Russia To Invade Them”

  1. mayya@israel says:

    russia is leaded by its imperial ambitions and money interests, russia will do everything in this situation in oder to show to usa that they can not dictate their rules anymore.

  2. Right of the People says:

    Well I guess we can kiss that base away now. Another good reason to get the heck out opf Afghanistan.

  3. proreason says:

    Can we ask Russia to invade us? I’ll take Putin over the Moron in a heartbeat.


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