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Russia has cause to guard its borders

Crimean and Russian Cossack volunteers who arrived to help local police stood in formation in the Crimean port city of Sevastopol Sunday.

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Crimean and Russian Cossack volunteers who arrived to help local police stood in formation in the Crimean port city of Sevastopol Sunday.

Concerning all the fuss in the United States and Western Europe about Russia’s takeover of the mostly Russian Crimea, why should Russia not wish to guard its borders? If we in the United States make use of the Monroe Doctrine to protect our hemisphere, what’s wrong with Russia’s use of a similar doctrine, particularly when Western nations have been trying to woo countries bordering Russia to be part of the European Union and NATO?

I have no great love for Ukraine or Russia, but let’s be more understanding of what Russia is doing in border areas with Russian majorities.

Louis Zirin

Peabody

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