<div>Even so, how far can Russia go with its economy? Tony Karon:</div> <div> "if Russia's GDP per capita doubles in the next decade it would equal that of Portugal's GDP today".</div> <div>These days doesn't a nation need a big economy in addition to big guns, physical resources, intimidation, threats, maneuvering and manipulating? It's not like the days of the Ottomans.</div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div> </div> <div><BR><B><I>Bret Kulakovich <firstname.lastname@example.org></I></B> wrote:</div> <BLOCKQUOTE class=replbq style="PADDING-LEFT: 5px; MARGIN-LEFT: 5px; BORDER-LEFT: #1010ff 2px solid">Just look at the puzzle pieces. Azerbaijan is Russian's link to the <BR>northern boarder of Iran. Making a permanent presence in Azerbaijan <BR>is critical to Russia to guarantee the flow of resources. To do it <BR>with approval is a bonus. Russia doesn't want to lose any more <BR>lucrative oil field access than it already has in the past
six years.<BR><BR>Not to mention unfettered access to the so-called "shield" <BR>technology, which would be housed in a position easily securable by <BR>Russia in a sudden land-grab if need be.<BR><BR><BR>Bret K.<BR><BR><BR><BR><BR><BR>On Jun 5, 2007, at 11:13 PM, Olga Bourlin wrote:<BR><BR>> What does Putin want?<BR>><BR>> Olga<BR>> _______________________________________________<BR>> extropy-chat mailing list<BR>> email@example.com<BR>> http://lists.extropy.org/mailman/listinfo.cgi/extropy-chat<BR><BR>_______________________________________________<BR>extropy-chat mailing list<BR>firstname.lastname@example.org<BR>http://lists.extropy.org/mailman/listinfo.cgi/extropy-chat<BR></BLOCKQUOTE><BR><p>
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