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Russia distrusts China as much as we do—as China and the U. in turn distrust Russia, as Russia and China distrust us.
The idea that a nuclear North Korea could prompt nearby Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan to become nuclear should be worrisome to the Russians.
Russia’s weakening economy, its slipping natural-gas grip on Western and Eastern Europe, its oil income halved — all that might have made a vulnerable Putin somewhat receptive to being of some help, now and again, with a few common concerns.
Privately, the United States might have recognized that Russia saw post–Cold War NATO expansion as a threat, because a few of its former Soviet republics were being realigned with old rivals.
In terms of Russia’s macabre history, Putin is a piker compared with Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin, who may have orchestrated the deaths of 20 million Russians.
Thugs roughed up an American citizens in front of the U. Embassy in Moscow, and Russian hit-men likely took out a dissident in Washington, D. — all to snores of the Obama administration, eager to offer any sort of appeasement in order to save its constantly referenced “reset.” When Putin went into Crimea and eastern Ukraine, the Obama administration offered rhetorical rebuffs but otherwise did not do much — again still hoping that the reset (marked by the ridiculous red plastic Jacuzzi reset button ceremony in Geneva in 2009) might prove an Obama “legacy.” In general, over the last 70 years — whether in the Roosevelt administration or the 1950s State Department, or in Democratic calls for a nuclear freeze in the 1980s, or in Democrats’ pressure on Reagan to embrace détente with Gorbachev — Democrats have been more accommodating with Russia, whether its Soviet or post-Soviet governments.
Even after proof of all sorts of provocations, Obama was still playing down the Russian threat in the month before he left office: There have been folks out there who suggest somehow if we went out there and made big announcements and thumped our chests about a bunch of stuff, that somehow it would potentially spook the Russians.
The KGB file noted that Kennedy would lend Andropov a hand to “counter the militaristic policies” of President Reagan.
In return, the Soviets would lend the Democratic party a hand in undermining Reagan’s chances of reelection in 1984.Iconic World War II battles, such as the horrific Kiev Pocket or the siege of Sebastopol, might have provided some context as to why Russia felt that Crimea and Ukraine resonated with the Russian people in way not fully understood in the United States.