Magazine June 25, 2018, Issue

Letters

Unidentified individuals hold a Russian flag as they block a building in Simferopol, the administrative center of Crimea, on March 1, 2014. (Genya Savilov/AFP/Getty Images)

Our Treaty Is Our Bond

In “The Roots of Russian Aggression” (June 11), James Kirchick argues that the recent downturn in U.S.–Russian relations does not stem from “NATO enlargement, nor American foreign policy.” Kirchick particularly attacks the idea that Western violations of a 1990 NATO non-expansion pledge contributed to U.S.–Russian tensions, claiming there is “no evidence of a promise not to enlarge NATO, because such a promise was never made.”

I have spent ten years researching U.S. foreign policy in the late Cold War, and Kirchick’s claims are incorrect.

Kirchick rightly notes that Secretary of State James Baker told Soviet leaders in 1990

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