It is painful to talk about it, but even with its 110,000 elite soldiers, the Soviet Union never managed to gain control over the entire Afghan territory.
Moscow has been helping the Northern Alliance because "the Taliban was openly supported by Pakistan... until last week, Pakistani servicemen had taken part in war operations on the Taliban side.
The Baltic countries are sovereign nations. They have the right to decide which military and political bloc they want to be a part of.
Russia sees itself as a country that is self-sufficient.
Because of its huge territory, Russia must devote a great deal of attention to security.
When it comes to culture, religion and mentality, most Russians identify with Europe.
We have put the Cold War behind us. We no longer count our divisions and our warheads. And I am Russia's first civilian defense minister in many centuries. We have become more pragmatic.
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