Kyrgyzstanis Favor Russia Over U.S. - April, 2010

The following new article is about a very interesting poll taken by Gallup in CIS countries. According to this recent poll, a hefty 80% of Armenians in Armenia today think its more important to have a close relationship with Russia even if it might hurt relationships with USA, and a mere 4% thought the opposite. More interesting was the surprising revelation that 28% of Georgians favored Russia over America - while 24% of Georgians favored better relations with America. I'm sure the US State Department is closely examining these poll results and probably getting very upset that their various regional NGOs are not doing a very good job. The rest of the poll results posted below are also very interesting. Nonetheless, I'm very glad that political survival instincts within Armenia continues to be very high. I have to admit that the poll results regarding Armenia was a pleasant surprise for me, and it has actually served to put my mind to rest somewhat. But I still have to say, what the heck was that four percent thinking?

Arevordi

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Kyrgyzstanis Favor Russia Over U.S.

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As the U.S. and Russia vie for influence in Kyrgyzstan after last week's uprising, the future of a key U.S. transit hub to Afghanistan is at stake. A Gallup poll in July 2008 showed Kyrgyzstanis giving Russia the edge: Nearly two-thirds (63%) said it is more important for their country to have relations with Russia, even at the expense of relations with the United States. Gallup surveyed Kyrgyzstanis about their relations with the two countries in July 2008, well before President Kurmanbek Bakiyev, who was overthrown last week and offered to step down Tuesday, reversed the decision to close the U.S. air base in 2009. The closure would have left Russia with a base in the country and the U.S. without its central supply route to Afghanistan. The U.S. finds itself in a similar situation less than a year later, with Kyrgyzstan's self-proclaimed new government promising to keep the U.S. airfield open -- for now. At the time of the survey, Kyrgyzstanis, like most of their counterparts in the former Soviet nations surveyed, favored a closer relationship with Russia over one with the United States. But they were more likely than most to favor this relationship; only Armenians were more likely to say Russian relations were more important.

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While other factors may be at play elsewhere in the region, continued economic dependence and a long, shared history largely explain Kyrgyzstanis' affinity for Russia. Further, not only do Kyrgyzstanis choose Russia over the U.S., but they also choose Russia over all of the countries in the Commonwealth of Independent States region. In 2009, 82% of Kyrgyzstanis say Russia is the country in the region that they would like to have the closest relations with. With Kyrgyzstanis' approval of Russia's leadership at 88% and their approval of U.S. leadership at 34% in 2009, it's unlikely a sea change has occurred in their views toward relations with either country. Gallup data suggest that with Russia's large sphere of influence across Central Asia, it will not be easy for the U.S. to find other options should Kyrgyzstan's government decide to end or shorten the U.S. lease on the airfield. For complete data sets or custom research from the more than 150 countries Gallup continually surveys, please contact worldpollpartners@gallup.com or call 202.715.3030.

Source: http://www.gallup.com/poll/127334/Kyrgyzstanis-Favor-Russia.aspx

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Arevordi will be taking a sabbatical to tend to personal matters. New blog commentaries will henceforth be posted on an irregular basis. The comments board however will continue to be moderated on a regular basis.

The last 20 years or so has also helped me see Russia as the last front against scourges of Westernization, Globalism, American expansionism, Zionism, Islamic extremism and pan-Turkism. I have also come to see Russia as the last hope humanity has for the preservation of classical western civilization, Apostolic Christianity and the traditional nation-state. This compelled me to create this blog in 2010. Immediately, this blog became one of the very few voices in the vastness of cyberia that dared to preach about the dangers of Globalism and the Anglo-American-Jewish alliance, and the only voice preaching the strategic importance of Armenia remaining within Russia's orbit. From about 2010 to 2015 I did monthly, at times weekly, commentaries about Russian-Armenian relations and Eurasian geopolitics in general. It was very difficult for me because I had no assistance from anywhere. The time I put into this blog therefore came at the expense of work and family. But a powerful feeling inside urged me to keep going; and I did. When Armenia joined the EEU and integrated into Russia's military structures a couple of years ago I finally felt a deep sense of relaxation, as if a very heavy burden was lifted off my back. And when Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan reemerged in Armenian politics, I finally felt that my personal mission was accomplished. I therefore felt I could take a step back as I really needed the rest.

Simply put: I have lived to see the institutionalization of Russian-Armenian alliance. Also, I feel more confident now that Armenians are collectively recognizing the strategic importance of Armenia's ties with Russia. Moreover, I feel satisfied knowing that, at least on a subatomic level, I had a hand in the outcome. As a result, I feel a strong sense of mission accomplished. I therefore no longer have the internal urge to continue as in the past. In other words, the motivational force that had propelled me in previous years has been gradually dissipating because I feel that this blog has lived to see the realization of its stated goal.

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