A few days ago I was in Moscow as part of a NATO expert group preparing recommendations for the Alliance's new strategic concept. Throughout our meetings, the Russians complained to us that the West does not listen to them and that Moscow's security interests are ignored.
As evidence, our interlocutors cited their warnings over the past several years that NATO's plans for the possible membership of Ukraine and Georgia would end badly. The Russian-Georgian war in 2008—according to this Russian narrative—happened because Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili had been encouraged by the United States and their NATO allies to attack Tskhinvali in Southern Ossetia. Was that indeed so?
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