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Russia Anxious About Military Action Against Iran Near Its Border
http://en.rian.ru/russia/20070403/63027715.html ^

Posted on 04/03/2007 9:07:58 AM PDT by jhpigott

Russia anxious about military action against Iran near its border

18:25 | 03/ 04/ 2007 http://en.rian.ru/russia/20070403/63027715.html

MOSCOW, April 3 (RIA Novosti) - Russia is concerned about a possible attack on Iran and insists that military action near its border is totally unacceptable, the first deputy foreign minister said Tuesday.

Russia, which is separated from Iran in the south by three tiny South Caucasus nations and shares a sea border with the Islamic Republic, has been actively promoting a diplomatic solution to the Iranian issue.

"Any military action near our border is totally unacceptable," Andrei Denisov said. "We are strongly against it and we are doing our best to prevent it from happening."

Media reports in late March said Washington was preparing to strike at Iran in early April but Denisov denied the information.

"Our partners say movement of military structures in the Persian Gulf is part of a planned rotation," the diplomat said.

Yury Baluyevsky, the head of the Russian General Staff, warned Washington earlier Tuesday that it should think twice before launching a military campaign against Tehran as it would have global implications.

"Our strategic partners have already got bogged down in Afghanistan and Iraq," he said.

The U.S. Administration sees Iran as a "rogue state" and is determined to stop the Islamic Republic, diplomatically or otherwise, from obtaining nuclear weapons. Washington now plans to deploy a missile defense shield in Central Europe allegedly to protect itself from potential missile strikes from Iran or North Korea.

The UN Security Council passed a new resolution on Iran March 24 toughening economic sanctions against the country suspected of a covert nuclear program. Russia, which is building a $1-billion nuclear power plant in Iran, has resisted any strict sanctions against the Islamic Republic.


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I guess Russia doesn't want the U.S. airforce buzzing aroung the Caspian Sea
1 posted on 04/03/2007 9:07:59 AM PDT by jhpigott
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To: jeffers; Dog; Cap Huff

ping


2 posted on 04/03/2007 9:08:28 AM PDT by jhpigott
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To: jhpigott
Russia, which is separated from Iran in the south by three tiny South Caucasus nations and shares a sea border with the Islamic Republic, has been actively promoting a diplomatic solution to the Iranian issue.

Really what solution have they proposed? It seems to me that they just get in the way.

3 posted on 04/03/2007 9:12:33 AM PDT by rhombus
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To: jhpigott

Screw Russia. They are not freinds of the free world. Russia will always be an obstruction to freedom.


4 posted on 04/03/2007 9:22:32 AM PDT by paulcissa (Only YOU can prevent liberalism.)
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To: rhombus; paulcissa

Unfortunately, Russia can be a pretty big “obstruction” and “get in the way”, with its arsenal of ICBMs and SSBNs, we can’t just ignore them


5 posted on 04/03/2007 9:25:52 AM PDT by jhpigott
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To: jhpigott
with its arsenal of ICBMs and SSBNs, we can’t just ignore them

Eventually we'll have to add Packistan as well as Iran to that list.

6 posted on 04/03/2007 9:34:09 AM PDT by rhombus
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To: jhpigott

Would it be OK with the Russians if the US thought three times about attacking Iran? How about four times? Five?


7 posted on 04/03/2007 9:34:30 AM PDT by RexBeach ("Broad-minded is just another way of saying a fellow is too lazy to form an opinion." Will Rogers)
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To: rhombus

that’s what i’m afraid of


8 posted on 04/03/2007 9:41:04 AM PDT by jhpigott
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To: jhpigott

Ok, during an air strike on Iran, let several of our bombers approach toward the Russian boundaries of Caspian Sea (I hope they will see them on the radar) just to harass them for what they have done to counter our efforts to apply sanctions on Iran. They should get our message.


9 posted on 04/03/2007 10:26:34 AM PDT by Wiz
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To: Wiz

they SHOULD get the message, but what if they don’t and we shoot down one of their planes or vice versa in an “accidental exchange of fire”. You just think we have problems now . . .


10 posted on 04/03/2007 10:35:16 AM PDT by jhpigott
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To: jhpigott
No, they read the book.

“Sword Point”, by Harold Coyle.

11 posted on 04/03/2007 10:43:57 AM PDT by fireforeffect (A kind word and a 2x4, gets you more than just a kind word.)
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To: fireforeffect

great book

I’m not a big fan of some of his more recent works though


12 posted on 04/03/2007 10:48:20 AM PDT by jhpigott
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To: jhpigott

Dito.


13 posted on 04/03/2007 10:56:04 AM PDT by fireforeffect (A kind word and a 2x4, gets you more than just a kind word.)
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To: jhpigott

Maybe Russia should have worried about selling nuclear weapons technology to a buncha apocalyptic nutjobs.

Too bad, so sad.


14 posted on 04/03/2007 10:58:08 AM PDT by Constantine XIII
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To: jhpigott

Russia won’t nuke us. They like being alive too much.


15 posted on 04/03/2007 10:59:08 AM PDT by Constantine XIII
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To: Constantine XIII

Oh, I’m pretty sure they have no intention of nuking us. My point is if we are engaged in hostilities on their southern border, a military incident bwtn us and Russia could spiral out of control. I don’t think it would spirial that far out of control, but this scenario harks back to old Cold War scenarios.


16 posted on 04/03/2007 11:04:47 AM PDT by jhpigott
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To: jhpigott

Them and what army? :p


17 posted on 04/03/2007 11:05:21 AM PDT by Constantine XIII
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To: jhpigott

Russia still believes that they possess most/all of their neighbors, I see.


18 posted on 04/03/2007 11:05:40 AM PDT by Dr. Frank fan
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i guess when you lose an empire overnight reality takes a while to set in.

But from the Russian POV, the U.S. has been very active, militarily speaking, in the region since 2001. A conflict real close to their southern border, understandably, makes them nervous


19 posted on 04/03/2007 11:08:45 AM PDT by jhpigott
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To: jhpigott

Then why have they done as much as possible to aggravate the situation?


20 posted on 04/03/2007 11:10:42 AM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: jhpigott
But from the Russian POV, the U.S. has been very active, militarily speaking, in the region since 2001. A conflict real close to their southern border, understandably, makes them nervous

It makes them nervous, but I'm not sure how "understandable" that is.

Russia is long enamored of conspiracy-theory beliefs involving the U.S. trying to "encircle" them and destroy their Russianness and suchlike, and those beliefs are rooted in paranoia. So, well, okay, I suppose the beliefs are indeed "understandable". I understand full well that Russia is arrogant, feels an imperialistic sense of entitlement towards her neighbors, and is paranoid regarding US intent. That's why the prospect of military action in Iran - a different country which has nothing to do with Russia - makes them "nervous". Yes, I do understand.

21 posted on 04/03/2007 11:12:25 AM PDT by Dr. Frank fan
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To: jhpigott
"Any military action near our border is totally unacceptable," Andrei Denisov said. "We are strongly against it and we are doing our best to prevent it from happening."

If that's their "best", then they need to try harder. They have coddled and supported Iran, and have therefore helped to create the monster that now needs to be dealt with. If they don't want military action near their border, then they'd better get with the program.

22 posted on 04/03/2007 11:17:07 AM PDT by Chena
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To: LibWhacker

now that’s a good question

drive oil prices up

make us look bad

over-extend our military


23 posted on 04/03/2007 11:19:12 AM PDT by jhpigott
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To: jhpigott
"You just think we have problems now . . ."

Our problems are the left keeping the gloves on our military. If things went so far south in the wot, with russia/iran/syria/china keeping on running interference, I would hope for a President that would let our guys cut loose. We can't be beat. As my (soldier) nephew said, "we could literally take on the world".

24 posted on 04/03/2007 11:21:05 AM PDT by monkeywrench (Deut. 27:17 Cursed be he that removeth his neighbor's landmark)
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To: Dr. Frank fan

I just try to think of it like this (and I know this is not a perfect analogy):

What if Russia or China had a beef with either Mexico or Canada and military intervention was a real possibility (if not probable), how would the U.S. feel


25 posted on 04/03/2007 11:22:06 AM PDT by jhpigott
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To: jhpigott
"Any military action near our border is totally unacceptable," Andrei Denisov said.

Calm down, calm down, Andrei. There's a new sheriff in town.

26 posted on 04/03/2007 11:26:46 AM PDT by SMM48
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To: monkeywrench

I wouldn’t be so arrogant to say “we can’t be beat”

Or military (hands down) is magnitudes more lethal than those countries you listed. But under the right circumstances our noses could be bloodied conventially. We are the best, but we are not unbeatable.

And remember, Russia holds the ultimate trump card (granted, we’ve got it too) - nukes, a lot of them, and the means to deliver them


27 posted on 04/03/2007 11:27:18 AM PDT by jhpigott
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To: jhpigott
What if Russia or China had a beef with either Mexico or Canada and military intervention was a real possibility (if not probable), how would the U.S. feel

A fair analogy. I'm not sure how "the U.S." would feel - perhaps indeed they (meaning, the U.S. government) would behave similar to how Russia is. I can't say.

How I would feel, though, would presumably depend on which party I believed to be in the right. If Mexico had a regime akin to Iran's, with nuclear ambitions, and a history of proxy warfare (and I - like Russia re:Iran! - had had troubles with precisely the type of terror group that they had supported), for crying out loud I would welcome the intervention of any reasonably-sane state!

Russia, of course, cares not for who is in the right, but for which outcome threatens their power (or imagined/aspired power) in the region. That's my point.

28 posted on 04/03/2007 11:27:44 AM PDT by Dr. Frank fan
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To: Dr. Frank fan

“Russia, of course, cares not for who is in the right, but for which outcome threatens their power (or imagined/aspired power) in the region. That’s my point.”

I concur 100%. Unfortunately, they see any military intervention by the U.S. in Iran as a threat to said “power” and are a little skiddish about the prospect. Let’s just hope if the bombs do start dropping, the Russian fly-boys stay grounded and they don’t mobilize any army groups. Understandably ;) I would expect them to raise their alert status, but hopefully send a clear signal to us that they are going to only watch from a distance


29 posted on 04/03/2007 11:38:49 AM PDT by jhpigott
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To: Dr. Frank fan
Right, Russia thinks the South Caucasus and Central Asia is still their Soviet empire. Putin is stuck in the cold war and is too stupid to know that his side lost and the whole world rejoices about this fact. In fact Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan both sided with the USA against Saddam unlike Russia, and they are part of the Coalition of the Willing.
30 posted on 04/06/2007 5:33:47 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
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