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Thursday, July 21, 2005

Chilling Russian Relations

The San Francisco Chronicle reports:
Growing disputes between the United States and Russia are threatening to significantly chill the once warm relations between the two countries. They also may seriously undercut a major front in the U.S. war on terrorism.

This month, the Kremlin, backed by the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, an Asian alliance presided over by Russia and China, said the United States should set a pullout date from the Central Asian bases, where approximately 2,000 American troops have been stationed for nearly four years.

Russia's demand angered the Bush administration, which does not want to lose its toehold in a region it considers pivotal to its anti-terrorism efforts and crucial to maintaining a presence close to its Cold War-era archenemy.
Let's put the facts on the table:

1. China recently sought to buy UNOCAL.
2. Russia is forming political alliances with China.
3. The U.S. and Russia are disputing who has the authority over an oil rich region.

Are we entering a new Cold War with Russia and China?

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