ASTANA, Kazakhstan - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called Wednesday for a security alliance of several former Soviet nations and China to form a united front against the West.
Ahmadinejad's address to fellow heads of state at the summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Kazakhstan will likely deepen suspicions that the bloc is intended as a counterweight to the United States across the region.
In a summit declaration signed by all the member states, the organization also attacked missile defence programs in another apparent dig at the United States.
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By calling for a security alliance of several former Soviet nations and China, Iranian President Ahmadinejad is trying to establish an Eastern bloc of nations that will be hostile toward the United States.
It is unlikely that such a bloc of nations will become a reality, since many of these nations receive billions of dollars in American foreign aid.
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