Sundry Thoughts On Irrelevant Issues
Not a bad gambit by Putin - looks like a sound compromise in theory - however I'm quite sure the Yanks won't bite. The Azerbaijani radar base in question is reportedly a Soviet-era clunker and will require extensive refitting with lots of fancy American gadgetry (that's probably several generations ahead of the best the Russians currently field) if it's to serve the Americans' stated purpose. And if it's going to be jointly run by the US and Russia, I expect the Yanks will baulk at the risk of technology transfer to a nation that could well grow into a role of strategic opponent of the United States.
Still, smart move by Putin. Makes him look like a peacemaker, and an American refusal will easily be portrayed as belligerant obduracy.
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