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Reader's View: Regarding Ukraine, US is the aggressor

Unfortunately for Russia, Ukraine is just a U.S. pawn.

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The U.S. is easily the world’s largest and most sophisticated military power, spread across approximately 750 bases worldwide. Russia has about 21 bases, almost all in former Soviet republics. President Ronald Reagan’s Cold War onslaught was drenched in exaggeration of Soviet power and claims of U.S. moral superiority. Then as now he could count on the American press to dutifully report it to an already propagandized populace.

Times haven’t changed.

In 2014, Virginia Nuland was dispatched to Kiev to help orchestrate the ouster of freely elected pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych. Her success earned her a position as under secretary of state for political affairs in the administration of President Joe Biden.

Most importantly, since 2004, NATO has expanded by 14 countries, right up to the border of a weakened Russia, despite promises by U.S. presidents to Russian Presidents Mikhail Gorbachev and Boris Yeltsin that this wouldn’t happen. To no surprise, the U.S. did not keep its word. NATO has since expanded to the Balkans and Afghanistan — quite a distance from the North Atlantic, according to my world map. Its extension to Ukraine to further isolate and surround Russia would be quite a feather in U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s cap.

As for Crimea, it had been part of Russia since 1783, after the fall of the Ottoman Empire, until 1954 when it was transferred to Ukraine under Premier Nikita Khrushchev, likely in a move to increase Ukrainian-Russian solidarity. Three-fourths of Crimean residents speak Russian. Thus, no surprise this majority favored a return to Russia.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin isn’t the reincarnation of Mother Teresa, but history’s on his side with regard to NATO. Unfortunately for Russia, Ukraine is just a U.S. pawn. Ultimately, the history of NATO shows the US as the aggressor.

Robert Kosuth

Duluth


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