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Weird coincidence that an apparent terrorist attack by someone from Uzbekistan occurs right after the first Russia investigation indictments? Even Manafort had offered to extend his services to make sure that Uzbekistan stayed in Putin’s orbit, according to media reports (see after RFERL article).
CIA map. Note that not all CIS members are on the map. See here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commonwealth_of_Independent_States
“Putin Hosts CIS And Eurasian Economic Union Summits In Sochi
October 11, 2017 11:18 GMT
Leaders of several former Soviet republics gathered in the Russian city of Sochi on October 11 for summits of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and the Eurasian Economic Union (EES).
Russian President Vladimir Putin was hosting the meetings of the organizations, which he uses to try to maintain influence in a region where various conflicting interests are at play 26 years after the Soviet collapse.
This year’s summit comes amid tension between Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, whose government has accused its larger neighbor of meddling in its October 15 presidential election. Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambaev called off his trip to Sochi for the summit on October 9, citing concerns about what his office claimed were plans for election day riots supported by financing from abroad. That decision came after Atambaev accused Kazakhstan of backing the ruling party candidate’s main opponent, Omurbek Babanov, and criticized Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev, who met with Babanov in September.
On October 10, Putin met separately with Tajik President Emomali Rahmon and Moldovan President Igor Dodon — a pro-Russian politician who has frequently praised Putin and is at odds with his country’s pro-European government.
Before the CIS summit got under way on October 11, Putin met with Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov, who handed him a large Central Asian Shepherd puppy as a birthday gift.
Putin, who turned 65 on October 7, is widely expected to seek a new six-year term in a March 2018 election.
Putin thanked Berdymukhammedov — whose isolated country says it is neutral and has associate status in the CIS, rather than full-fledged membership — for attending the summit.
Putin was also meeting with Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoev ahead of the CIS summit.
Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan are CIS member-states.
The Baltic states of Lithuania, Latvia, and Estonia never joined the CIS.
Georgia withdrew from the CIS after a war with Russia in 2008. Ukraine has associate membership, but its pro-Western leaders have stayed away from the organization since Russia occupied Crimea in 2014 and backed separatists in a war in eastern Ukraine.
After the CIS summit, leaders of the EES member-states — Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Russia — were to meet later on October 11 for a session of what they call the Supreme Economic Council of the organization.
With reporting by TASS, Interfax, and RIA”
Copyright (c) 2017. RFE/RL, Inc. Reprinted with the permission of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, 1201 Connecticut Ave NW, Ste 400, Washington DC 20036
The truck driver immigrated from Uzbekistan in 2010:
“Eight dead in suspected terrorist truck attack on Manhattan bike path Posted:Tue, 31 Oct 2017 20:23:37 -0400 NEW YORK (Reuters) – A driver in a rented pickup truck mowed down pedestrians and cyclists on a bike path alongside the Hudson River in New York City on Tuesday, killing eight people and injuring about a dozen others in what authorities said was an act of terrorism.” http://feeds.reuters.com/~r/Reuters/domesticNews/~3/Lz6bJ58_0KA/eight-dead-in-suspected-terrorist-truck-attack-on-manhattan-bike-path-idUSKBN1D02QU
Weird coincidence right after the Papadopoulos – Manafort – Gates indictments?
“In strategy memos, Manafort proposed that Deripaska and Putin would benefit from lobbying Western governments, especially the U.S., to allow oligarchs to keep possession of formerly state-owned assets in Ukraine…. Manafort proposed extending his existing work in eastern Europe to Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Georgia, where he pledged to bolster the legitimacy of governments friendly to Putin and undercut anti-Russian figures through political campaigns, nonprofit front groups and media operations.” See: “Former Trump campaign chair Manafort secretly worked to advance Russian interests 10 years ago“, Mar 22, 2017 7:55 AM EDT https://www.pbs.org/newshour/politics/former-trump-campaign-chair-manafort-secretly-worked-advance-russian-interests-10-years-ago
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