letters | the world on edge over ukraine

Russia swimming against growing tide of freedom

Stephen Kinzer writes as if 12 countries of Central Europe were pressured into joining NATO, when in fact they were reacting to decades of Soviet cruelty and oppression (“US a full partner in Ukraine debacle,” Op-ed, March 3).

While the West may have encouraged Central Europe to follow the path of democracy and freedom, it encouraged Russia to do so as well. If Russia feels encircled, it’s because its leaders are among the few holdouts, along with Cuba, North Korea, Syria, and a few others, against the growing tide of freedom around the world.

Michael R. Yogg


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