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WSJ: Вісі Москви, або Путінові почувається самотньо (л)

10/23/2008 | Пан Коцький
Недавня стаття з редакційних шпальт ґазети Wall Street Journal.


OCTOBER 18, 2008

The Axis of Moscow
It's lonely out there for Vladimir Putin.

Where would Russia be without Daniel Ortega? Even more isolated than the Kremlin now finds itself after its August adventure in Georgia.

Two months after the war in the Caucasus, Mr. Ortega's Nicaragua is the lone country to follow Moscow's recognition of the "independence" -- in effect, Russian annexation -- of Georgia's South Ossetia and Abkhazia provinces. Given Russia's serious diplomatic onslaught, that's an embarrassing outcome for Vladimir Putin.

Consider the rogue's gallery that refused to go along: Hugo Chávez's Venezuela, the Castros' Cuba, Bolivia, Iran and Syria. The club of seven authoritarian former Soviet republics known as the Collective Security Treaty Organization also demurred. Even Moscow's puppet autocrat in Belarus, Aleksander Lukashenko, deferred to his toothless parliament; in other words, nyet, for now. Russia was rebuffed by China and India at the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.

There is of course a long line of goons happy to take military, energy or economic handouts from the Kremlin, though the dramatic drop in oil prices and Russian stocks will limit its ability to buy people off. Mr. Lukashenko could well be holding out his support for cheaper natural gas. But Russia's erratic and aggressive behavior in the Caucasus has apparently given even him pause about its possible intentions against Belarus.

In addition to Mr. Ortega, Russia did manage recognition by Hamas, Hezbollah and the Moldovan regions of Gaugazia and Trans-Dniester. But that is little solace for a Kremlin whose bigger goal in the war was to declare a Monroe-ski Doctrine for its "near abroad" and lead a new anti-American block. Fyodor Lukyanov, the editor of Russia in Global Affairs, summed up the strategy: "Our long effort to become part of the West is over. The aim now is to be an independent power in a multipolar world in which Russia is a major player."

It's hard to be a major player when all you have is very minor friends. (Всі підкреслення мої, ПК)


  • 2008.10.23 | ak1001

    про Шрьодера забули

    згорнути/розгорнути гілку відповідей
    • 2008.10.23 | Пан Коцький

      Про Шредера вже стільки було написано, їх вже це мабуть замахало

      згорнути/розгорнути гілку відповідей
      • 2008.10.23 | Володимир I

        Re: Про Шредера вже стільки було написано, їх вже це мабуть замахало

        А що, проблема від цього зменшилася?
  • 2008.10.23 | Володимир I

    Re: WSJ: Вісі Москви, або Путінові почувається самотньо (л)

    Дякувати Богу, ще є на Заході тверезомислячі люди.

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