September 07, 2004

Putin talks tough, blasts U.S., EU, officials

The man whom Bush has called "a good friend," has some harsh words for the U.S. government.


Russian President Vladimir Putin blasted U.S. government officials Monday, accusing them of supporting Chechen separatists and undermining his war on terror by calling on Russia to seek dialogue with people whom Putin called "bastards."
Putin tells journalists, "Why don't you meet Osama bin Laden, invite him to Brussels or to the White House and engage in talks, ask him what he wants and give it to him so he leaves you in peace? You find it possible to set some limitations in your dealings with these bastards, so why should we talk to people who are child-killers?" (more...)

CNN quotes President Putin as claiming, "each time Russia complained to the Bush administration about meetings held between U.S. officials and Chechen separatist representatives, the U.S. response has been "We'll get back to you" or "we reserve the right to talk with anyone we want,"

Meanwhile, reported earlier in August that 9/11 conspirators revealed connections with Chechen fighters. (more...)

The St. Petersburg Times reported in January of this year, Chechen tactics are being utilized in Iraq,

"Some ambush techniques seen in Chechnya against the Russians and in Afghanistan against U.S. forces by al-Qaida and Taliban militants "we've seen employed here" in Iraq, Sirois said."

One Middle East military analyst said information being shared from Afghan and Chechen sources is probably technical assistance with fuses, remote-control detonators - like cellphones - and assembling the complex daisy-chained bombs that began appearing in Iraq in late summer.

As of 5/20/04, Nikolai Bakhroshin reported in Pravda approximately 2,000 to 3,000 Chechen fighters are in Iraq,
"Their command is in the so-called Staff of Iraqi Resistance located in Syria. The Staff controls the main anti-American groups in Iraq: the unit led by Abu al-Valid, the successor of killed "Black Arab" Khattab who was fighting in Chechnya, Army of Mohammed and Wahabees (radical Muslems). Iraqi guerillas from the former Iraqi Army officers look like kids in comparison with these groups being notorious for their atrocities.
(all emphasis mine)
On an unrelated note regarding U.S.-Russo military firepower:

The Pentagon revealed on June 30 Russian airpower is superior to their U.S. equivalents following mock war game exercises.

Read more on this fascinating development at the:
Center for Defense Information.

Posted by Kyer at September 7, 2004 02:02 PM