[lbo-talk] Bloomberg: The Story Behind Putin's Mistrust of the West

Marv Gandall marvgand2 at gmail.com
Thu Dec 14 14:52:07 PST 2017

Newly declassified US national security archives confirm that US and European officials lied to Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev that NATO would not expand eastward to the Russian border in exchange for his agreement to German reunification.

NATO’s decades long eastward expansion and efforts to extend its influence to Georgia, the Ukraine, and other Russian borderlands precisely explain the defensive actions of the Putin regime - what Western commentators have habitually described as “Russian aggression” - a point acknowledged by Bloomberg columnist Leonid Bershidsky, no friend of Putin’s.


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