It is pretty clear from Vladimir Putin’s recent speech regarding the Russian moves into Crimea that the expansion of NATO is a major grievance. Russians believe the quid pro quo for disbanding the Warsaw Pact and their withdrawing from Eastern Europe was a promise by the West not to expand NATO eastward. Putin’s speech drips with a sense of betrayal, and not entirely without reason, as Ambassador Jack Matlock explains here. It is not as if the problems of NATO expansion were unforeseeable. Attached herewith is a warning about NATO expansion made 16 years ago by my friend Lee Gaillard warned that NATO expansion might lead to problems.
Special To The Seattle Times, 10 February 1998