The newly declassified documents compiled by the George Washington University prove what Russian leaders, from Gorbachev to Putin, asserted for years: US and German leaders promised Gorbachev and Soviet FM Shevarnadze that after the fall of the Berlin Wall and re-unification of Germany NATO would under no circumstances expand eastward and that the balance of power and national interests of Russia would be fully taken into account. Germany, under this agreement, was supposed to be a neutral country.
US authorities and NATO have always publicly denied the existence of this agreement, which was promptly broken by the US, Germany, EU and NATO. Recently, ex-ambassador to Russia under Obama and a well-known Russophobe Michael McFaul, in an interview to an Estonian news service said that the assertion that NATO broke the promise given to Russians not to expand east is just a myth. As the documents prove, Russians…
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