Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Central Asia: new wars not excluded (Russian general)

regional armed conflict may break out in Central Asia, says the commander of Russian ground forces, General Vladimir Tchirkine.

"A worsening of possible differences in the areas of energy, land use and water resources in Central Asia could provoke armed conflicts with the participation of Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan," he Mr. Tchirkine said Tuesday at a meeting of the Committee on the Federation Council (Russian senate) for defense and security.

The General did not say when these local conflicts could occur.

The commander of Land Forces said "increasing the potential for conflict and the persistence of uncertainty" in parts of the world. These phenomena result, he said, "unilateral actions taken by the United States and NATO to ensure their interests in violation of international standards".

According to General Tchirkine, Russia could take a more active role in peace operations the UN as a funder and supplier of war material.

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