Last Monday, diamonds shone in the Kremlin. No, Vladimir Putin did not hold a high society ball, and there was no demonstration of the products of the company “Diamonds of Russia - Sakha” (in common parlance “Alrosa”). Shine diamonds Turkmenbashi. The Turkmen president, as evidenced by the journalists who attended the protocol meeting of Samarmurat Niyazov and Vladimir Putin, tirelessly showed his rings and gray socks worn not by protocol under a strict formal suit.
The unplanned working meeting in the Kremlin was associated with gas and, most likely, with the uneasy relations between Russia and Ukraine, since Kiev decided to compensate for the shortage of fuel from the Caspian hydrocarbon. The results of the negotiations are unlikely to be known, but this is not even the case: Turkmenbashi is a welcome guest in Moscow, they smile at him, welcome him, not paying attention to the brilliance of the rings or the internal situation in a country where 15 years has been ruled by one of the most odious dictators on earth.
In the middle of November last year, just two months ago, another international outcast came to the Kremlin - Islam Karimov. According to Putin, “the most trusting level of relations” is being established between Russia and Uzbekistan. "For sovereign states, alliance is the most trusting level of relations." In response, the President of Uzbekistan spoke the words that had long been awaited by him in the Kremlin: he stressed that this Treaty “strengthens the position of the Russian Federation in Central Asia - it is a reliable guarantee of peace and stability in the region, it is in the deep interests of both our two countries and the international communities in general. "
Of course, Islam Abduganiyevich exaggerated about the interests of the international community, but it was necessary to say something to the leader of the country, one of the few among the world powers, who did not even hint at the Andijan tragedy. Moreover, in the mouths of government officials, deputies and Kremlin political scientists, the events in Andijan sounded like the next intrigues of international terrorism. For any reasons to conduct an independent investigation into the deaths of people, Tashkent responded with a refusal, referring to the internal affairs of the country to independently assess the situation. Moscow poddakami, covering President Karimov, and, apparently, had in its support an important trump card: failed to convince Islam Abduganievich to join the CSTO in 1999 after the Batken events, now he is not going anywhere.
And the truth is not going anywhere. It will join the CSTO, and EurAsEC will enter, and the gas valves will tighten when Moscow needs to put pressure on the neighboring countries consuming Uzbek gas. And it will now unconditionally support Moscow’s geopolitical attempts, since joining the “club of Russian friends” implies a different quality.
Russian patriots in recent years love to talk about globalization. First of all, in opposition to the influence of Washington: they say, it’s time to revive Russia's greatness in response to the machinations of American imperialism - in Iraq, Yugoslavia, Afghanistan and NATO expansion. Of course, the greatness of Russia cannot be revived without friends. Most of the friends, after the collapse of the Soviet empire, Russia lost, but decided to compensate for the remnants. And now the eyes of Russian geopolitics are turned to the post-Soviet space, first of all, to Central Asia.
It is more complicated with the Caucasus, there only Robert Kocharyan unconditionally supports the Kremlin, in the European part of the CIS - Alexander Lukashenko, and Central Asia is represented by that territory, which, thanks to its geographical and geopolitical location, is quite amenable to persuasion of the Kremlin. In Moscow, they are not shy about showing their attitude to new-old friends frankly.
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