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Sunday, June 10, 2007

Kick the Russians Out!

The June 4th editorial in the Telegraph:

Kick the Russians Out

Russia's membership of G8 is becoming awkward. If it were not for Vladimir Putin's presence at the table at the annual summit, the principal topic of conversation would be him.

Relations between Russia and the West are at their worst since the end of the Cold War. There have always been arguments about Nato expansion, human rights abuses in Chechnya, UN vetoes and Russia's sympathy for its erstwhile allies in the Third World, including Iran.

Now, though, the quarrels have moved closer to home. Moscow is furious about the US's anti-missile defence shield and, as we report today, President Putin has threatened to aim Russian missiles at European cities.

At the same time, Russia is accused of violating the 1990 Treaty on Conventional Armed Forces in Europe, which set upper limits to the deployments of the former Cold War blocs.

The Kremlin has used energy prices as a weapon against Ukraine, Moldova, Romania and Bulgaria, cracked down on imports from Georgia, banned beef from Poland and flooded the email system of the Estonian parliament.

And, in the background, there is the continuing row over the Litvinenko murder, where Russia at best is being obstreperous and at worst may have been involved in the assassination - the assassination, let us recall, of a British subject living under the Queen's peace.

It is worth asking why Russia is in the G8 at all. It certainly doesn't qualify on the basis of the size of its economy. The answer is that it was admitted under Boris Yeltsin in the hope that membership would encourage further democratisation.

Yet such freedom as was introduced in those years is now being revoked. Russia is showing all the signs of incipient dictatorship: the harassment of opposition politicians, the closure of independent media, the arrest of dissidents on spurious charges.

Membership of G8 bestows a credibility on the Putin regime which its actions no longer merit. It is time to go back to G7.


Russian said...

Another chant of the same boring, stupid, russophobic mantra.
What can be said about the author saying: "Putin has threatened to aim Russian missiles at European cities".

Putin said targets, not cities, stupid! And he meant military installations threatening Russia.

La Russophobe said...

Are we to understand that you think YOUR comment, by contrast, is not boring?

If it is so boring, why do you not only read but comment? Is your life so pathetic that you have nothing better to do? In that case, how are you to judge?

If you want to quote Putin, link to your source. Otherwise, your comment is boring and stupid.

Russian said...

What Putin said was so many times published, sucked around and chewed that everybody knows what he said. Without going to the links. If you post something you did not check for accuracy this is your priblem. But I still can please you.
Is " The Globe and Mail" a reliable sourse for you? Go to:

This is what exactly Putin said:

"It is obvious that IF part of the STRATEGIC NUCLEAR POTENTIAL OF THE UNITED STATES is LOCATED IN EUROPE, and according to our military experts WILL BE THREATENING US, we will have to respond," he said.
"What kind of steps are we going to take in response? Of course, we are going to get NEW TARGETS IN EUROPE."
"What kind of means will be used to hit ,THE TARGETS THAT OUR MILITARY BELIEVE ARE POTENTIAL THREATS to the Russian federation? This is a purely technical issue…"

Can you see here anything about cities in Europe?

PS. Why I comment?
1. I have fun this way.
2. I like to tease russophobs and russophobes. Because normal, decent person can not be a russophobe.
3. When I see something really stupid or wrong I vent my emotions by commenting on it.
4. To be thankful for some interesting links I got from your blog. I am an intersting guy, and I want your blog to keep its audience to get a grant from another NGO. Without guys like me, with "elmer" and "penny" only it would be even more boring.