The reason for the discussion of the plans of NATO and its relations with the Soviet Union before the end of the cold war became the study of the experts of the National Security Archive, a nonprofit organization located in the walls of the George Washington University and engaged in research and historical and archival activities.
Experts pointed out that the leaders of Western countries – the US, UK and Germany – promised the leadership of the USSR not to expand NATO to the East. Writes Bershidsky, citing their Western counterparts, the then U.S. Secretary of state James Baker assured Gorbachev and foreign Minister Shevardnadze that NATO will not close “not an inch” to the border of the Soviet Union. Similar promises have also been voiced by the Chairman of the KGB Vladimir Kryuchkov and defense Minister Dmitry Yazov. However, his words the West is not kept, the reason for which was the collapse of the USSR and the interest of the Soviet Union in loans to sustain the faltering economy.
That is, according to the Bloomberg, clearly explains the entire foreign policy rhetoric of Vladimir Putin. The Russian President seeks to cooperate with the West, guided by the same principles that were used by NATO and the United States. “For Putin, writes Bershidsky is a means pretense, feints, false attacks, concealment, meaningless assurances about the non-participation of Russia in the armed conflict in Ukraine, as well as suggestions about concessions on the issue of Syria, which he never intended to do.”
Bershidsky points out that all of Putin’s proposal to the West there is nothing like a cover that is similar to that game that Baker and Bush Sr. played with Shevardnadze and Gorbachev. “Putin’s worldview is an all – encompassing distrust and cynicism. In this sense, the story of unfulfilled promises – are not completely unfounded, as shown by published by George Washington University documents is his justification for his refusal fair play”.
At the end of the article Bershidsky notes that the unlikely failure of any successor to Putin from the rhetoric of broken promises, which to this day is built into the DNA of the post-Soviet leadership. Over the years, and possibly decades to be in confrontation with Russia will be easier than to try to regain the trust.