NATO’s promise | Your opinions

It is time for the U.S. to acknowledge that Russia was promised that NATO would move “not one inch eastward”.

U.S. Secretary of State James Baker’s famous “not one inch eastward” assurance about NATO expansion in his meeting with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev on Feb. 9, 1990, was part of many assurances about Soviet security given by Western leaders to Gorbachev and other Soviet officials throughout the process of German unification in 1990 and on into 1991, according to declassified U.S., Soviet, German, British and French documents posted December 2017 by the National Security Archive at George Washington University http://nsarchive.gwu.edu.

Declassified documents from U.S. and Russian archives show that U.S. officials led Russian President Boris Yeltsin to believe in 1993 that the Partnership for Peace was the alternative to NATO expansion, rather than a precursor to it, while simultaneously planning for expansion after Yeltsin’s re-election bid in 1996 and telling the Russians repeatedly that the future European security system would include, not exclude, Russia, https://nsarchive.gwu.edu/briefing-book/russia-programs/2018-03-16/nato-expansion-what-yeltsin-heard.

It is up to NATO, not Ukraine, whether or not they join NATO.

The U.S. could care less if Ukraine ends up like Syria, as long as they have a chance to force Russian President Vladimir Putin to submit to U.S. dictates.

President Joe Biden could be wiser, but does he have the courage to acknowledge the U.S.’s broken promise, and to choose peace.

— Lucy Cooke, Chico

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