To: Mount Athos
When it comes to Georgia and surrounding areas, the amount of strategic force applied because of oil is just unreal -- it totally overwhelms all other considerations. Is it necessary to remove the Russian bases to secure the oil pipeline? If so, perhaps we will see very serious effort in this direction, because of massive money and support from allies.
Of course it is not so necessary because of oil, but there is no arguments for existence of this bases as well. What in fact those troops are doing there? Spying only? Georgia dont need them.
For transit security, more important is separatism not only in Abkhazja ans South Ossetia but also in Karabah region.
posted on 04/23/2005 2:38:29 AM PDT
OK, whatever is important for oil pipeline security, that is where you should expect strong action next.
Russia is continually attacked from Georgian territory, the pansiki gorge (islamic terrorists), yet another largely uncontrolled region. There have been some attempts to clean it out. If the area is quelled, perhaps there would be less need for the bases.
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