Abhkazia and Kazakhstan jam a Finger into Russia’s Eye
Yet more proof of the fundamental unraveling of the Putin regime came last week with the announcement that Kazakhstan had completed its 2,000-mile-long gas pipeline directly to China via Uzbekistan, bypassing Russia. Not only will the Kazakh line carry its own national gas production, but it will also funnel the massive production of Turkmenistan into China as well. And the whole thing was paid for by China. So much for the bizarre notion that China and Russia are somehow allies against the West!
And that wasn’t all. In presidential elections in Abkhazia, voters emphatically rejected the pro-Russian candidate in favor of a strong nationalist who promises to make Abkhazia a truly independent country, free of Russian influence. Stunned by the devastating loss of its hand-picked candidate, the Kremlin could not even muster the good grace to congratulate the winner, and had it’s puppet calling for a challenge to the tabulation.
The pipeline is unmistakable visual proof that Russia’s foreign policy in Central Asia is a total failure, that the major nations there are turning their backs to Russia and looking towards Asia and the West for their future security. The total inability of the Putin regime to maintain productive working relationships with its nearest neighbors, to say nothing of actual friendship or alliance, is the hallmark of Putin’s time in office.
The ultimate expression of this failure, of course, was Putin’s outrageous effort at imperial conquest in Georgia. The propaganda spewed out by the Kremlin since then, that Abkhazia adores Russia and wants to be its bestest buddy, is now laid bare for all to see. In fact, Abkhazia has no more love for Russia than Czechoslovakia or Afghanistan had for the USSR.
Only two rogue nations, Venezuela and Nicaragua, have recognized Russia’s conquest of Abkhazia from tiny Georgia. All the major nations of the world have condemned Russia’s actions, and now Russia’s faces a Hobson’s choice: If more nations recognize Abkhazia, it will slip from Russia’s sphere of influence into theirs. If they don’t, Russia will look more and more like a rogue nation itself. Either way, Russia will see its power and ability to affect the course of global events wane and dissipate, until Russia simply no longer matters at all.
Putin’s act of wanton imperialist aggression is the ultimate embodiment of his failed regime, which has chosen cold war over the interests of the people of Russia just as the USSR did before him. That’s no surprise of course, since Putin himself is a proud KGB spy and a relic of that failed past.