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SCO: East’s alter-NATO

The members of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) unequivocally supported Russia’s war against Georgia when they met last month in Dushanbe, Tajikistan for the eighth annual meeting.

Saakshvili’’s folly has enhanced Russia’s image in the east and has caused slight tremors in the west. It was Russia’s first all out war against a nation since the break-up of former USSR.

Many claimed that it was a revival of cold war.

America’s Rose Revolution succeeded in bringing Saakshvili, the wily politician best known for his outspoken hatred towards Russia. In its bid to secure a safe haven for its central Asian plans America committed yet another blunder.

The outcome of war was a stronger and confident Russia and two new independent nations duly recognized by Russia.

SCO supported Russia’s recognition of break-away regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia.

The war cost Georgia its two important regions and further isolation. In its bid to become a member of NATO it readily became a scapegoat of America’s futile plans.

The six members of SCO namely China, Russia, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, and Uzbekistan have shown enough unity to repel any of America’s intentions in the central Asia.

Iran, India, Pakistan and Mongolia are the observer states of SCO and were given more importance this time especially Iran.

The regions associated with SCO are the home of world’s maximum share of energy resources. Resurgent Russia is less willing to accommodate any of America’s plans in this region.

SCO is clearly aiming to neutralize NATO and stall its further expansion into their sphere of influence.