Thursday, November 13, 2008

The East is Whose Red?

Medvedev is reportedly worried about retaining Russia's Far East in the face of Chinese power:

Speaking to a conference on social-economic development in Kamchatka kray, Medvedev said that “if we do not step up the level of activity of our work [in the Russian Far East], then in the final analysis we can lose everything,” with that region becoming a source of raw materials for Asian countries.

Which makes my interpretation of their recent "anti-NATO" military exercises as an anti-China exercise far more likely than the officially stated purpose.

Russia needs to become a European country in spirit or they are going to become a European country geographically.