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Old 05-15-2014, 05:49 PM   #40
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This board is woefully uninformed (and worse, misinformed) about the world you live in.

Here is a golden opportunity to remedy the problem. This backgrounder by former CIA analyst Ray McGovern reviews the history and shows that the US broke promises made to Gorbachev at the end of the Cold War.

These broken promises are at the root of the present crisis in Ukraine

No less a figure than former US ambassador to Moscow George Kennan warned back in 1997 that “Expanding NATO [into eastern Europe] would be the most fateful error of American policy in the entire post-cold-war era.”


How NATO Jabs Russia on Ukraine
May 15, 2014

Exclusive: The U.S. mainstream media portrays the Ukraine crisis as a case of Russian “imperialism,” but the reality is that Moscow has been reacting to aggressive moves by Washington to expand NATO to Russia’s border in violation of a post-Cold War pledge, writes ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern.

By Ray McGovern

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov used Wednesday’s interview with Bloomberg News to address the overriding issue regarding the future of Ukraine, at least from Moscow’s perspective. Speaking in fluent English, he said Russia would be “categorically against” Ukraine joining NATO.

Lavrov said he welcomed the interviewer’s question regarding whether Ukraine can be part of NATO, recognizing it as a chance to shoehorn background information into the interview. It was an opportunity to explain Moscow’s position to a wide English-speaking international audience – first and foremost Americans. His comments seemed partly aimed at those so malnourished on “mainstream media” that they might be learning the history of NATO enlargement for the first time.
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