As the years old confrontation along the border between Ukraine and Russia has escalated from shouting childish insults at each other to actual shooting with ethnic Russian rebel separatists in Donbas reporting intensified shelling and initiating a "general mobilization" of military-age males, with Moscow denying they plan to invade and Ukraine's leaders in Kiev accusing US, UK and French leaders of hysteria for the way they have talked up the threat of war - Germany's leading newspaper Spiegel asks the question fundamental to the entire conflict...
IS VLADIMIR PUTIN JUSTIFIED IN SAYING UKRAINE'S ADMISSION TO NATO WILL NOT BE TOLERATED BY RUSSIA.
The issue hinges on a letter sent by the then Russian President Boris Yeltsin in September 1993 to US President Bill Clinton. Yeltsin complained at length about the eastward expansion of NATO at a time when, after the disintegration of The Soviet Union and The Warsaw Pact Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic were interested in joining the North Atlantic military alliance. Yeltsin argued that the Russian government saw this as bid by the western powers, particularly the USA, UK and France ~(the old FUKUS axis) to effectively bring about theisolation" of Russia. Yeltsin asserted that the "Two Plus Four Treaty" linked to Germany's 1990 reunification precluded the option of expanding the NATO zone into the East."
Spiegel commented, "There is essentially no other historical issue that has poisoned relations between Moscow and the West as much in the last three decades as the disagreement over what, precisely, was agreed to in 1990."
Since the 1990 letter, NATO has recruited 14 former Soviet Republics or Warsaw Pact countries in Eastern Europe despite many of them being nowhere near the Atlantic Ocean. The Kremlin has consistently complained of having been duped by NATO and the EU but both organisdations have continued to pursue explanion projects. Now besides NATO's courting of Ukraine there is talk of admitting Kazakhstan into the alliance despite it's being a central Asian nation.
According to current Russian President Vladimir Putin, "NATO cheated shamelessly."
"You promised us in the 1990s that (NATO) would not move an inch to the East," he said last month as tensions over Unktaine rose, making the comments to justify demands for written guarantees that Ukraine will never be accepted into the Western alliance.
Ukraine, meanwhile, wants to know how fast they can join. This is not surprising as the current Ukrainian government was installed in 2014 by the western powers after a colour revolution allegely formented by agents of the US deep state i
n Ukraine deposed a corrupt and pro - Moscow but democratically elected government.
MORE POSTS ON RUSSIA / UKRAINE While western leaders continue to pose as the guys with white hats in the confrontations with Russia and China, hacker collective CyberBerkut has leaked some hacked documents which show Russia is not behind the escalation of provocation, but the guys in black hats who really run western governments, led by George Soros.
US Presidents Of The Past warned Against Secret, Shadow Government. By now it should be obvious that peacemake, joybringer and putative aquatic pedestrian Barack Hussein Obama was never really in charge of the US Government. Whatever Obama said would happen, all the American government's policies ensured the opposit would happen. The embedded article thows some light on how the US government really works
Teacher Forced To Resign For 'Sharing' Material Critical Of Obama And His Beloved Muslim Terrorists
The supporters of the wannabe King of the American Empire like to describe themselves as 'liberal', 'progressive', and left wing. If they were really any of those things they would not be as fanatically committed to the idea of suppressing free speech as they are.
Terrorist Friendly Obama Doctrine In Foreign Policy Has Made The World More Unstable A highly critical look at the ongoing disaster of American Foreign Policy, in particular relating to the middle east, during the Obama administration. Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya and Syria are the main catastrophes, there are plenty of others.
Russia's Surprise Withdrawal From Syria? "If We Don't Go Away, We Can't Come back Again.
There is no doubt that the withdrawal is not quite what it seems to be, but more likely a tactical move by the Russians. The Kremlin feels it has done enough to secure the regime of President Assad, the remnants of the Sunni Muslim Free Syrian Army are no longer capable of mounting a challenge and the Syrians, along with Shi'ite militias in Iraq and Kurdish irregulars, backed by Iranian Republic an Guard troops ought to be capable of dealing with ISIS
Support For EU / US Sanctions On Russia Declining In Central Europe
This is the kind of stuff we and sites like ours have to bring you because you will never see it in mainstream media or on broadcast news. Voices in the EU calling for lifting the anti-Russian sanctions are getting increasingly loud as the sanctions imposed by Brussels and the USA, continue to hurt the nations that imposed them more than they hurt Russia.
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