August 1, 2008 - 16:51 AMTPanARMENIAN.Net
- Russia doesn't need a span of former Georgian SSR, because it's strategically useless, says an article titled "Western Transcaucasia: goals and ways to achieve them".
However, according to the author, Russia can't put up with transformation of its neighbors' territory into a multipurpose anti-Russian platform. "It includes bases of separatists, laboratory of velvet resolutions, GUAM and home for NATO forces. Georgia has even left behind the Baltic States known for their Russophobia," he says.
"Russia needs a secure, cheap and quality rest for its citizens in local resorts and delivery of agricultural production in compliance with Russian standards. It needs a land transit
to Armenia, its only ally in the Transcaucasia, surrounded by hostile Azerbaijan, neutral Iran, NATO Turkey and NATO-aspired Georgia.
Some U.S. officials offer to resolve the Karabakh problem though exchange of territories between Azerbaijan and Armenia, the latter being isolated from Iran. An air-bridge a-la Berlin is impossible, since Russia's transport aviation is weak. We should never forget about the 102nd base located in Armenia, which was reproached for 'not sufficient pro-Russian position'. However, living in permanent threat of blockade, our ally is holding on! No one knows how patient it can be. Furthermore, in case of U.S. aggression against Iran the issue of Iranian Azerbaijan will emerge and Armenia will one day face a united 20-million Azerbaijan," says the article published by Military-Industrial Courier (Voyenno-Promyshlenniy Kuryer).