An interesting development. Russia is leaning towards Pakistan, but indeed, there are other reasons which will not permit the relationship to cement itself. The Russian pique over China exploiting the Russian 'finds' in Afghanistan when USSR was ruling the roost is also to be considered. The fact that the US is worried over the China cards, whereby one wonders if the US will stick to its schedule of drawing down is also interesting. What will be the future of Afghanistan and what will be the role of India, Russia, US, China and Pakistan and not to forget the CAR and what steps should the take to influence the events?