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Putin Expresses Support For NATO Use Of Ulyanovsk Airport

Protesters march on April 7 in Ulyanovsk against plans to establish a NATO transit base at the nearby airport.Protesters march on April 7 in Ulyanovsk against plans to establish a NATO transit base at the nearby airport.
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Protesters march on April 7 in Ulyanovsk against plans to establish a NATO transit base at the nearby airport.
Protesters march on April 7 in Ulyanovsk against plans to establish a NATO transit base at the nearby airport.
Russian President-elect Vladimir Putin has expressed his support for NATO to use a Russian airport as a supply hub for its mission in Afghanistan.

On April 11, Putin said that although he considered NATO "a throwback to the cold war," the Western military alliance had a role to play as "a stabilizer in global affairs."

NATO has requested permission to use the facilities at an airport in the city of Ulyanovsk, on the Volga River.

Putin said it was in Russia's "national interest" to grant the request, because instability in Afghanistan could result in the spread of drugs and Islamic extremism.

In Ulyanovsk, police broke up a tent camp set up near the airport to protest its use as a NATO transport facility.

The camp was set up after some 800 protesters rallied in Ulyanovsk on April 7.

Based on reporting by Reuters and ITAR-TASS
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by: M from: Ingushetia
April 12, 2012 02:54
Russians are slaves of the West. God bless the Caucasians for their bravery.
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by: Eugenio from: Vienna
April 12, 2012 12:54
That's probably Putin's plan, M: he will let NATO set up a transit point near Ulyanovsk so that the Caucasians could demonstrate how brave they are by attacking NATO soldiers stationed there :-)).
That's actually an interesting question: if a NATO soldier stationed in Ulyanvsk accidentally gets killed on the Russian soil, what will NATO do? What do you think, M?
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by: Sey from: World
April 13, 2012 04:42
So Eugenio, you suggest Russia would allow NATO to take care of the oppression of the Caucasus, if a NATO soldier is killed in Russian soil? Would NATO conduct an operation in the North Caucasus at the request of Russia?

None of the above. What Russia would do is take the opportunity to ask their NATO new best friends to sell them some drones to target the Caucasus. Much like the Turks have done to attack the PKK in Kurdistan.

Other than that, I agree with M. I would have never even thought about Putin allowing for such a thing as having NATO base in, ironically, the hometown of Lenin, even a year ago. Russia might even become another minion of the West.



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by: Eugenio from: Vienna
April 13, 2012 17:58
Hey, Sey, you are saying: "Eugenio, you suggest Russia would allow NATO to take care of the oppression of the Caucasus, if a NATO soldier is killed in Russian soil? Would NATO conduct an operation in the North Caucasus at the request of Russia?"
NO, Sey, not at all, I am not suggesting any of that. As a matter of fact I was not suggesting anything at all - just asking for M's opinion.
As far as this transit point is concerned, I tend to agree here with JACK when he says "that NATO transport hub does not matter to any extent, as US Army is already defeated in Afghanistan and all they dream about is how to flee with their pants still on".
And as far as LENIN is concerned, do you remember, Sey, the point he often made on "useful idiots" :-)? So, I would say that if he was with us today, he would use it again in repsect to the opening of this transit hub :-)).

by: Jack from: US
April 12, 2012 16:31
Putin is weakened after last elections. Now he needs allies, he cannot find any at home, so he tries to get allies abroad. In a larger picture, that NATO transport hub does not matter to any extent, as US Army is already defeated in Afghanistan and all they dream about is how to flee with their pants still on

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