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Bloomberg does an old “switcharoo!”

March 21, 2009

Here’s a good one… a few days back I had a link on my videos to an article entitled “Russia, NATO Allies Stage Rival War Games After Resuming Ties”

Well now the link points to “Kissinger, Baker Visit Moscow as Obama Resets Ties

Well – good thing I save lots of stuff… here’s the original text of the article:

By Lucian Kim

March 16 (Bloomberg) — Russia and western European
countries begin rival war games today, less than two weeks after
NATO ended a seven-month freeze on relations with the Kremlin.

Russia is deploying more than 5,000 troops in land-and-air
exercises in central Siberia, while NATO-member Norway hosts
7,000 soldiers from 12 countries in an exercise simulating an
invasion to control Arctic oil fields.

The maneuvers start even as Russia and the North Atlantic
Treaty Organization seek to mend ties severed after Russia’s
five-day war with Georgia in August. Foreign ministers from the
26-country alliance renewed relations with Russia this month as
U.S. President Barack Obama seeks support for new initiatives on
Afghanistan, Iran and nuclear disarmament.

General Vladimir Boldyrev, chief of Russian land forces, is
overseeing the exercises in the coal-rich Kemerovo region,
according to Krasnaya Zvezda, the Defense Ministry’s newspaper.
The seven-day activity includes fighter planes, helicopters and
400 armored vehicles, according to Krasnaya Zvezda, or Red Star.

Meanwhile, 4,000 kilometers (2,500 miles) to the west, NATO
partners France, Germany and Spain, as well as neutral neighbors
Sweden and Finland are taking part in “Cold Response,”
according to the Norwegian military’s Web site. The war-game
scenario involves a hostile power called “Northland” attacking
fictional “Midland,” home to ethnic minority “Northlanders”
and offshore oil fields.

Arctic Resources

Norway, western Europe’s largest oil producer, is one of
five Arctic powers jockeying for control over resources that may
become accessible because of global warming. NATO partners
Canada, the U.S. and Denmark have expressed concern over
Russia’s drive to turn the Arctic into its “resource base of
the 21st century,” as President Dmitry Medvedev put it last
year. Canada held its largest military exercise in the far north
last August.

Ethnic Russians make up substantial minorities in the
former Soviet republics of Latvia and Estonia, which joined NATO
in 2004. The possible expansion of the alliance to include
Ukraine and Georgia, also once part of the Soviet Union, has
further antagonized Russia.

Russia and Georgia held simultaneous military exercises on their respective sides of the Caucasus Mountains in the weeks before war started Aug. 7. Georgia attempted to regain control of the Moscow-backed separatist region of South Ossetia, prompting an invasion by Russian forces through the Roki tunnel. NATO cut off high-level contacts with Russia in protest.

Russia in October held its largest air force exercises since the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union and sent a naval convoy across the Atlantic Ocean to participate in joint maneuvers with Venezuela.

President Hugo Chavez, an opponent of U.S. policy, said yesterday that Venezuela’s La Orchila air base in the Caribbean was “at the service” of Russia for servicing long-range bombers. Russia’s Interfax news service said March 14 that Cuba made a similar offer.

The whole article including the switcharoo link can be found here:
http://georgiandaily.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=10534&Itemid=65

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 21, 2009 1:49 PM

    They’re dirty little rats, aren’t they?

    Good job on the blog! You got yourself a duo fan here, I both enjoy your blog here and on YT very much. Keep up the good work, peace!

  2. Prozacktus permalink
    March 23, 2009 12:53 AM

    Hey Mike,

    Here’s the rest:

    …zed Russia.

    Russia and Georgia held simultaneous military exercises on their respective sides of the Caucasus Mountains in the weeks before war started Aug. 7. Georgia attempted to regain control of the Moscow-backed separatist region of South Ossetia, prompting an invasion by Russian forces through the Roki tunnel. NATO cut off high-level contacts with Russia in protest.

    Russia in October held its largest air force exercises since the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union and sent a naval convoy across the Atlantic Ocean to participate in joint maneuvers with Venezuela.

    President Hugo Chavez, an opponent of U.S. policy, said yesterday that Venezuela’s La Orchila air base in the Caribbean was “at the service” of Russia for servicing long-range bombers. Russia’s Interfax news service said March 14 that Cuba made a similar offer.

    The whole article including the switcharoo link can be found here:
    http://georgiandaily.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=10534&Itemid=65

    Enjoy,
    Pz

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