2017-12-19 | Security

Russia 'violates' sovereignty of neighbouring states

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A new strategic security document details a litany of subversive activities that Moscow directs in Central Asia and across the world.

A picture taken June 9, 2012, shows Russian soldiers taking part in an exercise in Khujand, Tajikistan. Thousands of Russian troops remain stationed in that country. [AFP PHOTOSTR/AFP]

WASHINGTON -- Russia has demonstrated its willingness to violate the sovereignty of independent states as it continues to intimidate its neighbours with threatening behaviour, according to the US government's National Security Strategy released Monday (December 18).

The report details a litany of subversive activities that Moscow directs in Central Asia and across the world, including "nuclear posturing and the forward deployment of offensive capabilities".

"Through modernised forms of subversive tactics, Russia interferes in the domestic political affairs of countries around the world," the document says. "The combination of Russian ambition and growing military capabilities creates an unstable frontier in Eurasia, where the risk of conflict due to Russian miscalculation is growing."

In terms of its neighbours, Russia is "determined to make economies less free and less fair [...] and to control information and data to repress their societies and expand their influence".

Russia is actively "using information tools in an attempt to undermine the legitimacy of democracies [by targeting] media, political processes, financial networks and personal data".

Moscow is using "propaganda and other means to try to discredit democracy, [advancing] anti-Western views and spread false information to create divisions".

"Russia uses information operations as part of its offensive cyber efforts to influence public opinion across the globe," the report says. "Its influence campaigns blend covert intelligence operations and false online personas with state-funded media, third-party intermediaries, and paid social media users or 'trolls.'"

US interests in Central Asia

In contrast to Russia's subversive activities in Central Asia, the report says the United States seeks "Central Asian states that are resilient against domination by rival powers, are resistant to becoming jihadist safe havens and prioritise reforms".

"US interests in the region include countering terrorist threats [...] preventing cross-border terrorism that raises the prospect of military and nuclear tensions, and preventing nuclear weapons, technology, and materials from falling into the hands of terrorists," the report says.

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9 Comments

Шинтемир | 2018-01-07

It's interesting how America blames Russia for something the U.S. is constantly doing in other countries. It is like what is written in the Bible: "How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ while there is still a beam in your own eye? First take the beam out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye". Start with yourself, and don't point fingers. It's like the syndrome Adam had: after he committed the sin, he blamed God for giving him a wife who egged him on to commit sin. There is nothing new under the Sun, and if a man does not see his own faults and sins, he will be blaming others and God for his misery. Although people are often guilty themselves, and Satan - but many are not in a rush to blame him, because egoism and ungratefulness make people blind. But the main reason for all of man's misfortunes is sin and a lack of belief in God. And what has mankind achieved, proving to God that man is on his own, and there's no need for God?! Man has shown total incompetence in dealing with even minor problems. Misunderstanding between parents and children, adultery, betrayal between friends, bankruptcy, wars, homeless children, one can go on and on indefinitely, and all you need is to acknowledge your sins to God and ask Him to forgive us for all our sins like egoism, pride, envy, blasphemy, ingratitude, betrayal, greed, irresponsibility, sloth, and other sins. They lead to wars, murder, strife, backstabbing, bankruptcy, perjury, theft, betrayal, etc.

Дилобар | 2018-01-06

Those who praise Russia here are likely the trolls this article was written about. War, nukes, and weapons are all that Russia can offer us(((

Тулегазы | 2018-01-05

Remember Ukraine - how [they] professed friendship and Slavic brotherhood, how many treaties were signed on the integrity national borders. Then an opportunity came up, and the Russian authorities wiped their asses with those treaties. These Russian authorities shamelessly violate their own laws. They are not to be trusted.

Махмад | 2018-01-04

I am for Russia and the USSR that used to be - jobs, healthcare, education, and FRIENDSHIP

Нугман | 2018-01-04

The US has "itchy feet", and it sticks its nose everywhere instead of minding its own business.

Гость | 2018-01-02

RUSSIA IS A GREAT POWER

Гость | 2018-01-02

We decide for ourselves how we want to act with different people. RUSSIA IS OUR RELIABLE, STRATEGIC PARTNER.

Талга | 2017-12-25

Go, Russia!!!

Ерлан | 2017-12-20

Pure nonsense

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