23, 2007: After being closed for fifteen years (since the Russian backed
government was overthrown by tribal rebels in 1992), the rebuilt Russian
embassy was officially opened in Kabul, Afghanistan.
22, 2007: The government has allowed senior defense officials to make noise
about the new American anti-ballistic missile systems being set up in Poland
and the Czech Republic. The system is there mainly to protect Europe from
Iranian or North Korean missiles, but such a system could also stop Russian
missiles. This is fine with most Europeans, but not with the Russians.
12, 2007: The government will spend about $25 billion a year over the
next eight years, to buy new weapons and equipment for the armed forces. This
would result in a force of some 18 tank, infantry and airborne divisions, plus
a navy with under a hundred major warships (but lots more small stuff for coast
10, 2007: The government is getting very touchy about criticism of its
diplomatic and arms sales policies. Basically, the Western nations (and Russia
still isn't considered one), are not happy with the Russian policy of selling
weapons to anyone who can pay. Russia needs the sales to keep its ailing (since
the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991) arms industries going, and because it
strokes national pride. International arms sales are a sign of being a major
world power. But selling to the scum of the earth, does have a PR
9, 2007: The government is willing to provide equipment and weapons to help out
in Afghanistan, as well as intelligence, but not troops.