Russian Government Duplicity Strikes Again
By: Jim Kouri, CPP
When President George W. Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin met for the first time in 2001, Bush said, “I’ve looked into his eyes, and seen his soul, and I liked what I saw.” Well, I too looked in Putin’s eyes and I saw a political thug. I saw the coldness in his eyes, perhaps a lingering reminder of his days as a commander for the Soviet Union’s secret police.
In spite of the enormous amount of evidence that Putin’s government has repeatedly worked against the United States, the Bush Administration appears to be oblivious to the Russians’ duplicity on the world stage. When documents and tape recordings indicated that Russian military officers were in Iraq assisting the Iraqis prior to the US-led invasion, and that their assistance went so far as to provide Iraq’s dictator with US invasion plans, the silence in the Bush White House was deafening.
As I’ve written in previous columns, the Russians are again involved in their characteristic duplicity, this time in Iran. While they are pretending to work with the US and the Europeans to curb Iran’s nuclear weapons ambitions, at the same time the Russians are arming the Iranians with state-of-the-art weaponry and equipment.
Their latest act of duplicity is described in a recent report by the Russian news media that Russia will fulfill a big-ticket contract to supply Tor-M1 air defense systems to Iran, according to Chief of General Staff of the Russian Armed Forces and First Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Baluyevsky.
Baluyevsky made the statement after his talks with James Johns, Supreme Commander of the United States and NATO forces in Europe.
“I’m sure this equipment is not strategic, but it is obvious that it will be delivered in accordance with Russia’s international commitments in the nonproliferation sphere and under control by the appropriate bodies. I’m simply sure of it,” Baluyevsky was quoted by the Itar-Tass news agency as saying.
Up to 30 Tor-M1 complexes are planned to be supplied to Tehran which will defend the key state and military facilities, foremost nuclear facilities in Isfahan, Bushehr, Tehran and in other parts of the country.
The contract, worth $1.4 billion, is the biggest arms deal Iran and Russia has ever concluded, and Middle East experts predict it won’t be the last.
Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov officially confirmed that the Russians would conclude the contract on December 5, 2006. Ivanov noted that the contract “is implemented in strictest conformity with the Russian legislation and Russia’s international commitments.”
The Tor-M1 is an all-weather air defense system intended for providing tasks at the battalion unit level. It ensures effective protection from cruise missiles, guided bombs, warplanes, helicopters and unmanned aircraft.
Russia’s arms and technology transfers to Iran have created diplomatic and security headaches for Washington, as Tehran develops some fairly sophisticated military niche-capabilities and builds ballistic missiles armed with weapons of mass destruction (WMD) that threaten US interests and allies in the region. Even more troubling for Washington, it has been able to do very little about it and its options seem limited.
In addition, intelligence experts believe — as with the Saddam regime in Iraq — Russian intelligence officers are assisting the Iranians. Jan’s Intelligence Review reports that while the KGB was dismantled, the Russians are continuously growing a huge intelligence network that is deeply entrenched in the Middle East.
It’s believed that Russia is hosting Iranian intelligence officers at their training facilities and academies in order to upgrade their training in intelligence gathering and analysis, covert actions, and strategic planning.
Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and he’s a staff writer for the New Media Alliance (thenma.org). He’s former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed “Crack City” by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for several major organizations. He’s also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. Kouri writes for many police and security magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer and others. He’s a news writer for TheConservativeVoice.Com. He’s also a columnist for AmericanDaily.Com, MensNewsDaily.Com, MichNews.Com, and he’s syndicated by AXcessNews.Com. He’s appeared as on-air commentator for over 100 TV and radio news and talk shows including Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, Fox News, etc. His book Assume The Position is available at Amazon.Com. Kouri’s own website is located at http://jimkouri.us
Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and he's a columnist for The Examiner (examiner.com) and New Media Alliance (thenma.org). In addition, he's a blogger for the Cheyenne, Wyoming Fox News Radio affiliate KGAB (www.kgab.com). Kouri also serves as political advisor for Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor Michael Moriarty. He's former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed "Crack City" by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for several major organizations. He's also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. Kouri writes for many police and security magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer and others. He's a news writer and columnist for AmericanDaily.Com, MensNewsDaily.Com, MichNews.Com, and he's syndicated by AXcessNews.Com. Kouri appears regularly as on-air commentator for over 100 TV and radio news and talk shows including Fox News Channel, Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, etc. To subscribe to Kouri's newsletter write to COPmagazine@aol.com and write "Subscription" on the subject line.