Friday, March 05, 2010

Sarkozy finally got it right

According to Pavel Felgenauer there seems to have been another political tradeoff in Paris this week, indirectly connected with the Mistral warship. Sarkozy, for the first time, publicly accepted the Russian invasion of Georgia in August 2008: “In the Georgian crisis I think he [Medvedev] defended Russian interests, when he did what he did” (www.kremlin.ru, March 2).

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Anonymous Oleg said...

Obama visited Russia and displayed craven weakness before his KGB counterparts in the Kremlin. He barely even paid lip service to American values, crushing the spirits of Russia's democracy movement leaders, and his unilateral reversal of the Bush missile defense plan for Eastern Europe led only to more posturing and aggression by Russia against its neighbors and demands for more concessions from Obama.

And now, things have gotten even worse.

Obama has given the cold shoulder to Nicholas Sarkozy of France, apparently believing him to be part of the conservative rabble who are beneath his dignity to treat seriously. Panicked and offended at his loss of influence with the USA, Sarkozy has fallen back on the predictable French model: Play the Russia card.

Specifically, Sarkozy has agreed to sell Russia not one but four dangerous "Mistral" class battleships. Russia has only one purpose in mind for these vessels: It wants to use them to seal off the nation of Georgia from the sea, thereby significantly enhancing its ability to browbeat the tiny country back into the Russian "sphere of influence." This comes after Russia's failure in August 2008 to oust the democratically elected government by means of an invasion.

Sarkozy declared that "[w]e have to close ranks, the Russians and the French, because we have the same objectives." Does France plan to join Russia in buzzing American shorelines and military bases with nuclear bombers? Will it next supply Russia with state-of-the-art airplanes to carry out that purpose? Will France join Russia in seeking to repel American vessels that might sail into the Black Sea in support of the Georgian democracy? Does France approve of the Kremlin's "objective" to murder journalists, crush dissent, wipe out political diversity, and destroy freedom and liberty?

Hopefully, France's attitude towards the USA is not yet that hostile. But France must seek, of course, to maximize its influence, and if it sees that Obama has already abandoned American values and will not support French interests, then why shouldn't Sarkozy play the Russia card?

Saturday, March 06, 2010 9:09:00 p.m.  
Anonymous Oleg said...

«Мистраль» — находка для коррупционеров

However, it should be understood that Helicopter and aircraft carrier – different things.
French “Mistral” is designed for amphibious operations away from the metropolis. For France, this is clear: the country had overseas territories, plus to this – there are certain obligations to the regimes of a number of French-speaking states, for example, in Africa. To maintain stability in a region of France can use these ships to deliver expeditionary forces.
And that’s where Russia is going to land landings? Are we going in such a way to maintain stability in Hokkaido, in the Crimea, in Norway or Sweden?

http://www.rosbalt.ru/2010/03/02/717199.html

Wednesday, March 17, 2010 8:44:00 p.m.  
Blogger Eistein G. said...

Hello, Oleg. As far as I can see russia is going to place 1 ship near Crimea, 1 further sout, one in the Baltic sea, and the last one in the Northern Sea..in order to take Spitsbergen / Svalbard if neccessary. Besides, I noted today that miniputin spoke about their demands in the Arctic again...

Wednesday, March 17, 2010 9:17:00 p.m.  
Anonymous Oleg said...

GAZZ-Putin in serious trouble.

He needs new Leopard II tank now from Germany.

The Molotov-Ribbentrop Pipeline [Alex Alexiev]


Unfortunately for the Kremlin, yet another event last week may doom all of these carefully laid plans. A press release by the American oil and gas exploration company Wood Mackenzie announced the discovery of huge quantities of shale gas in Northern Poland and its imminent exploitation by American companies holding 44 licenses to do that. For Poland, which currently imports three-quarters of the natural gas it needs from Russia, the 47 trillion cubic feet of gas discovered would suffice for 200 years of present consumption. The discovery further boosts proven E.U. gas resources by almost 50 percent and will almost certainly transform Poland into a major exporter to those neighboring countries that have also been at the receiving end of Russian energy blackmail.

Thursday, April 22, 2010 2:27:00 a.m.  

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