salttee wrote:Scorpius wrote:While accurate and technically true, such rhetoric is reminiscent of any totalitarian dictatorship in any era. It is also symbolic of ever present Russian hostility towards the rest of the world. The Vikings probably brought it over a millennium and a half ago.Already more than once mentioned - Putin, Minister Lavrov, our representatives in the UN and so on, nothing and no one can dictate and impose on Russia any conditions that do not meet the interests of our national security. You need to understand one simple fact: Russia has its own interests, and she doesn't have anyone to be accountable for them.Scorpius wrote:Where were these guarantees written?Why not required? Because none of the treaties, which were concluded with Western countries, these Western countries are not respected. We gave permission for the unification of the FRG and the GDR under the guarantee of the non-proliferation of NATO further to the East - that promise was broken.Scorpius wrote:And did so within the stated terms of the treaty. This issue is a non sequitur anyway, the piddling ABM systems the US has are no deterrent to Russia's hundreds of ICBMs. They aren't even much of a deterrent to rogue states. You're making a mountain out of a molehill with this issue.We signed a contract for missile defense systems - United States unilaterally terminated it.Scorpius wrote:At the time I personally wasn't in favor of the NATO expansion; however, as things have worked out I now see the advocates of expansion as being prescient. They were right and I was wrong.Sow the wind and reap the whirlwind. You violated the agreement, now Russia does not believe the West, and acts only in its own interests. Blame your politicians for the fact that their incompetence, greed and deceit led to the fact that Russia now considers the West the enemy, and acts accordingly.
The aggression in the world preaching the US and its satellites over the years since the collapse of the USSR how many military conflicts around the world was waged by the NATO countries? Take the example of Syria - that NATO troops doing there? Russian invited the government, and who invited the Americans?
All further discussion see meaningless, until then, until you learn to see who actually brings the greatest evil on Earth - you will be around to blame Putin.
At that time, as all actions of Russia - only a forced reaction to the policies pursued by the countries of the West.