Who could forget that in (pre- 2000) Afghanistan was considered a "Hot-bed of international terrorism", and by 2000, the U.S. claimed Bin Laden to be the world's most dangerous terrorist...
which revealed Putin's threat to bomb Afghanistan!
Permission from the U.N. Security Council!
Source: NewsMaxUK.com May 22, 2000
In the Russian Federation's first public ultimatum to another country, an aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin said Monday that Russia was prepared to bomb Afghanistan for harboring terrorists.... In remarks reported by Russian news agencies, the spokesman, Sergei Yastrzhembsky, went so far as to name the target of the first attack if Russia decided to deliver on its threat – the town of Saidobad near Mazari-Sharif.
Yatrzhembsky said that Afghanistan has turned into a "hotbed of international terrorism" and preventive strikes are one of the options being considered by Putin to deal with the issue, Itar-Tass reported.
Yastrzhembsky's warning comes a day after Putin's visit to Central Asia, where he promised the presidents of neighboring Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan that Russia would provide all necessary assistance to safeguard their southern borders.
Yastrzhembsky's announcement comes as Russian forces continue to be locked in a seemingly no-win battle in the breakaway republic of Chechnya.
Yastrzhembsky claimed that Chechen President Aslan Maskhadov's envoys have signed a three-way deal with Osama bin Laden – a man the United States claims is the world's most dangerous terrorist – and Taliban commanders in northern Afghanistan to supply fighters, weapons and ammunition to Chechen separatists.
Russian-led Soviet forces were humiliated in a bitter 10-year war in Afghanistan from 1979 to 1989, after which the country descended into chaos and civil war. The Taliban, which controls most of the country, is not recognized by the international community.
Yastrzhembsky said that Russian intelligence reports concluded that Maskhadov's envoys had been in Mazari-Sharif, where they met with bin Laden himself and several top Taliban commanders, and agreed to train and send Muslim guerrillas to help the Chechens repel Russian forces.
The Russian online news service Gazeta.ru quoted Yastrzhembsky as saying that the first detachment of 70 Mudjahuddin is expected to reach Chechnya via Azerbaijan within a few days, and in a couple of weeks the supply of men and arms is expected to grow. According to the agreement, the town of Saidobad near Mazari-Sharif has been designated as the site for a new camp to train gunmen for Maskhadov.
first public ultimatum to another country!