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Possible military operation against Iran may trigger a flow of migrants

February 29, 2012, 14:39 UTC+3
A possible military operation against Iran may trigger a flow of migrants and other negative aftermath for the countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States
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MOSCOW, February 29 (Itar-Tass) — A possible military operation against Iran may trigger a flow of migrants and other negative aftermath for the countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States, including a growing threat of terrorism, the head of the CIS Anti-Terrorism Centre, Colonel General Andrei Novikov, said on Wednesday.

According to the official, Anti-Terrorism Centre (ATC) experts now analyze possible consequences of the influence of external factors, including “Arab revolutions” and the possibility of a military operation against Iran from the point of view of anti-terrorist security in CIS member countries.

The colonel general reiterated the recent words of Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) Secretary Nikolai Bordyuzha, saying “we hope very much there will be no aggression against Iran”.

“Iran is a member of the Caspian Sea conference. Five CIS countries have sea borders with that state, and some have land borders,” Novikov reminded reporters. Besides, it is necessary to take into consideration the ethnic structure of Iran, where a lot of Azerbaijanis live in the north. “That is why any push towards combat activities, towards an aggression will bring about very serious geopolitical changes,” Novikov stressed.

“I understand that migration troubles are possible; everything possible is being done not to have that destabilizing factor in the Caspian Sea zone, and in the South Caucasus,” the specialist added.

“If an aggression begins, it is difficult to figure out, what kind of geopolitical changes may occur,” Novikov stressed.

 

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