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US media explained why the promise of non-expansion of NATO was not fulfilled

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After the unification of Germany in 1990, Western leaders did promise Moscow not to expand NATO to the east, but with the collapse of the USSR "they did not see the point," writes Bloomberg columnist.




This explains Russia’s “recalcitrant geopolitical position” towards the West, but in the coming years Moscow is unlikely to be able to change anything, the author believes.

“NATO officials say история about guarantees of non-expansion of the alliance allegedly is a "myth", however, specialists from George Washington University, after analyzing numerous documents declassified in recent years, concluded that high-ranking officials from the United States, united at that time Germany and Great Britain really guaranteed the Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev and the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Eduard Shevardnadze, that NATO will not move closer to Russia's borders. From the documents it follows that Western politicians had in mind also the countries of Eastern Europe, ”the article says, which the newspaper recounts. Look.

None of the promises made by the West about NATO’s non-expansion did not result in concrete agreements: “they spoke with the Soviet Union as a winner with a loser and didn’t care much about fulfilling promises and guarantees,” the columnist admits. Washington did not see the point of keeping its word, since "the power of the Soviet leaders was practically melting before our eyes."

“So later, when the USSR finally collapsed, and the countries of Eastern Europe wanted to protect the winners of the Cold War, nobody saw the point of not accepting them in NATO, either,” he writes.

Vladimir Putin, “of course, carefully studied the Soviet documents of 1990-1991's,” and even quoted them. Now the Russian leader “wants to communicate with the West in the same way as he communicated with the USSR at that time,” and “Western interlocutors are annoyed by this approach,” the author notes.

The current position of the Russian president in relation to the West is based on "all-embracing cynicism and distrust." Moreover, it is unlikely that any successor to Putin will forget the story of the broken promise - it is too firmly instilled in the "DNA of the Russian authorities," the publication concludes.

Recall Putin, in an interview with Oliver Stone, said that Mikhail Gorbachev made a mistake when he did not demand to fix on NATO the promise of NATO not to expand to the east.

He just talked and decided that this was all over. This is not true,
said the president of the Russian Federation.
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  1. Sergey53
    Sergey53 15 December 2017 12: 25
    +1
    A few days earlier they wrote that Gorbachev was aware of NATO's eastward movement. Or?
    1. x.andvlad
      x.andvlad 15 December 2017 12: 50
      +7
      What else could this cunning mumble do?
      Here, apparently, some kind of our natural tendency to bow to "abroad" played a role. The euphoria from the discharge of tension also fought off the brain. And the state leader should not have such a weak spot as emotions.
      Bloomberg explained why NATO's promise of non-expansion was not fulfilled
      There is no need to explain anything to this bloomer. The reason is the lack of conscience and the fundamental difference in spiritual values. But "conscience" is not a legal concept, and the law does not oblige it to have it.
      Therefore, the smart leader had to insist on a tough agreement on a paper on non-expansion of NATO.
      1. Shurik70
        Shurik70 15 December 2017 13: 02
        +9
        Come on, the NATO cruise missile agreement was signed on paper.
        When he became unnecessary, they turned up in the toilet.
        With Anglo-Saxons, any agreements can be concluded only at the moment when it is beneficial to us. Like Khrushchev and Kennedy - we are removing ICBMs from Cuba, they are from Europe. Only so, and not otherwise.
        And always, in any contract, to prescribe penalties for violation - as with the French Mistrals
        1. x.andvlad
          x.andvlad 15 December 2017 13: 27
          +1
          Quote: Shurik70
          ... in any contract, prescribe penalties for violation

          That’s why I’m talking about a hard contract, dear.
          1. papas-57
            papas-57 15 December 2017 14: 03
            +3
            '' in any contract, prescribe penalties for violation. '' If they score on a contract, then on penalties all the more. But one thing is good, admitted that the promise was.
            1. I doubt it
              I doubt it 15 December 2017 14: 53
              0
              Quote: papas-57
              If they score on a contract, then on penalties all the more.

              Quote: Shurik70
              And always, in any contract, to prescribe penalties for violation - as with the French Mistrals

              It wasn’t even needed. Pu ... he refused the penalty. Really forgotten?
              1. papas-57
                papas-57 15 December 2017 15: 39
                +2
                The conversation in the article was about international treaties, not about trade.
  2. 210ox
    210ox 15 December 2017 12: 25
    17
    It’s time to pull up a marked time on an aspen .. Hid in Germany .. there probably will die.
    1. Jedi
      Jedi 15 December 2017 12: 30
      15
      Even if this spotted leopard dives 2 meters underground - it will not correct its "stocks". But still, like many, I wish him not to live long. negative
      1. solzh
        solzh 15 December 2017 12: 38
        +6
        Gorby is already 86 years old. The infection lives and is not going to the other world. Looks like the devil is not very willing to take him to his hell, the devils are afraid that he will ruin them.
        1. Jedi
          Jedi 15 December 2017 12: 40
          +5
          I have long noticed an interesting pattern: all sorts of offspring are often long-livers. The good news is that there are exceptions to this rule.
    2. Sergey53
      Sergey53 15 December 2017 12: 50
      0
      Quote: 210ox
      It’s time to pull up a marked time on an aspen .. Hid in Germany .. there probably will die.

      Therefore, I immediately went there.
    3. To be or not to be
      To be or not to be 15 December 2017 13: 42
      0
      In the strategic interests of the United States to merge documents on Gorbchev
  3. Warrior with machine gun
    Warrior with machine gun 15 December 2017 12: 27
    14
    "winner" - "defeated" - completely scent lost civilized nits, always said that this happens because we are too humane to always deal with our broken enemies, and it was to continue to always beat, until these bastards have no paralysis to occur just from the thought of picking up weapons against our country hi
    1. Lelek
      Lelek 15 December 2017 12: 52
      +1
      Quote: Warrior with machine gun
      we are too humanely always treated with our broken enemies

      hi
      Not only with enemies, but also, as it turned out, with "temporary fellow travelers". I came across an interesting note the other day. Dad of the new Prime Minister of Poland "comb" son. Here - read it.
    2. I doubt it
      I doubt it 15 December 2017 15: 14
      +4
      Quote: Warrior with a machine gun
      ... we WAS too humanely always treated with our defeated enemies, and it was always to continue to beat, until these bastards had paralysis to occur .... hi

      This option would be possible when replacing the contingent of prisoners in German concentration camps. Security and performers to leave in their posts. And their plan is "Osten", to our plan "der Westen".
      But then, who would we be?
      This is all so contrary to Russian nature itself, to Russian consciousness. It’s one thing not to take prisoners and quite another der Westen.
      No. The Russian people are simply not capable of this. Genetically. Unlike the German ....
  4. Frol 7525
    Frol 7525 15 December 2017 12: 27
    +3
    "however, with the collapse of the USSR," they did not see the point ","
    Yes, right, what's the point of keeping promises to the weak that were made to the strong?
  5. Egorovich
    Egorovich 15 December 2017 12: 35
    +6
    How can you believe the West if its whole essence is based on the lies and deceit of all who stand nearby and even their "brothers" in this cesspool.
  6. assa67
    assa67 15 December 2017 12: 42
    11
    my granddaughter sang a song, (I don’t know where it came from) .. but right about us:

    promised, promised not to squeak mice at night


    and squeaked ...
    but the gray cat woke up
    he has an empty tummy
    he looked ..... shmyak-shmyak-shmyak ..
    mice no longer squeak .....
  7. solzh
    solzh 15 December 2017 12: 49
    0
    I recalled the decoding of the surname labeled: Citizens Rejoiced Rano Brezhnev Andropova Chernenko More Remember
  8. Masya masya
    Masya masya 15 December 2017 12: 50
    +4
    Yes, they, in principle, keep their promises only for the time being to their advantage ... just then, they just came out unilaterally ... where, when, to whom do the United States keep their word?
    1. Lelek
      Lelek 15 December 2017 13: 15
      +3
      Quote: Masya Masya
      in principle, they keep their promises only for the time being to their advantage.

      hi
      It is disgusting, but (IMHO) and we need to adhere to similar tactics with those who at least once deceived us. Debt payment .... Well, for example, to take the same Federal Republic of Germany - we agreed on the unification of the two Germanys, and we uninterruptedly provide energy, and not a single German campaign was removed from our territory and subjected to sanctions, and at that time they vote for the extension of sanctions against us, they vote for the removal of our representative from PACE, they vote to minimize our functions in the same PACE, send their tanks and military units to our borders and at the same time sweeten the pill with a verbal praise to us. Well, and how to relate to this, how to respond to the "partner" nonsense? GDP would probably say - ASYMMETRIC, but how is it? what
      1. Masya masya
        Masya masya 15 December 2017 13: 40
        +4
        Hi, Leo! love
        “Angela, what's wrong with you?” ... yes, she ate something! lol
        1. Lelek
          Lelek 15 December 2017 14: 09
          +2
          Quote: Masya Masya
          Yes, she ate something!


          I don’t know, I wasn’t invited to this lunch, but this speaks of the duplicity (or even the “mess”) of the German establishment. Here is another example of this "position." Germany is the most “unable” vassal of Washington, but responded to Putin’s consent to enter the US representation in the Norman format with an objection (again, a manifestation of duplicity). Their priority in “Europe” is above all (or you look at some Macron or the Kaczynski Banner of Championships will be intercepted).
          1. Masya masya
            Masya masya 15 December 2017 14: 33
            +4
            Well, the notorious double standards are a parable of the town ...
  9. faterdom
    faterdom 15 December 2017 14: 31
    +2
    They considered that this promise had already played its fatal role, and there would be nobody to present. And they made a mistake. Now there are no more promises in the clip (they will not play), threats and massive drug-throwing have been launched.
  10. Going
    Going 15 December 2017 15: 44
    +4
    “He just talked and decided that it was all over. This is not true,
    said the president of the Russian Federation.


    A lot of what he said and done, for a long time he will come around.
  11. Hunter
    Hunter 15 December 2017 16: 56
    +2
    Russia also periodically likes to expand (more and more) and no one else has been able to prevent us from doing this ...
    I think we are now at the initial stage and the coverage of the territories will be even greater than before ..
    Alaska does not get off this time gentlemen ..! he he
  12. Professor
    Professor 15 December 2017 17: 04
    0
    The current position of the Russian president with respect to the West is based on "comprehensive cynicism and mistrust."

    And why not first explain to the president the fact that Russia itself built a military base under NATO’s nose before NATO expanded eastward? So to speak, expanding to the west.
    1. Konstantin Yu
      Konstantin Yu 18 December 2017 09: 06
      0
      The West and the USA, having acquired new co-creators in the form of Eastern Europe, were frightened of the whole base and let's prepare a rebuff from what was left of the USSR ...? It’s not funny for yourself?
  13. fif21
    fif21 15 December 2017 17: 07
    0
    And if Russia "does not see the point in fulfilling its promises"? And one day he will decide to restore the Warsaw bloc and the borders with NATO as of 1989. And the GSVG (GRVG) will take back its barracks, then what? Having militarized the east of Europe, having moved NATO troops to the borders of Russia, Europe turned itself into a target, and mattresses too. The level of mistrust between Russia and NATO goes off scale, which means that you can put an end to European security. And the mattress workers will again build bunkers and conduct civil defense exercises. hi
  14. APASUS
    APASUS 15 December 2017 20: 27
    0
    . Washington saw no reason to keep his word

    And it writes Bloomberg. Here you have the answers to many questions
  15. LeonidL
    LeonidL 16 December 2017 02: 05
    0
    That's what happens when a ram becomes the leader of the lions! ... More precisely, not even a ram, but two goats, such as those that lead the lamb to the slaughterhouse.
  16. Rock616
    Rock616 16 December 2017 04: 16
    0
    Of course you can console yourself that you didn’t need to sign the document in vain, but with those realities that were at that time (I mean the 90s) and the first years of zero, the “cowboys” would have figured out how to do it all: furnish, I just don’t have not a drop of doubt, from the word AT ALL !!! No. negative
    p / s. We also signed with Adik, the result is known .... fool fool
  17. zulusuluz
    zulusuluz 16 December 2017 09: 35
    +1
    Maybe it’s time to start hitting the capitalist in the most painful place - to say that he does not keep his word, therefore deals with him are potentially dangerous - he’ll “throw” it?
  18. Konstantin Yu
    Konstantin Yu 18 December 2017 08: 53
    0
    What mistake? Gorbachev deliberately betrayed the country and the peoples of the USSR. ... I don’t understand why the investigation on him and the “board” has not been launched. Who else misses him or regrets? Well, of course the Germans, united and all that ... that’s where the traitor hid from the owners