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The background for this goes all the way back to the end of the Cold War. At the time, Mikhail Gorbachev (the last Soviet Premier) was apparently promised by Western leaders that NATO will not expand. Note this statement is disputed, and there are arguments that Western leaders did not actually make this promise; however, it is definitely what Gorbachev ...


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I think a lot of the answers are very long. So here is the oversimplified version, May 2021. Hopefully also without a strong bias. Ukraine is big, so most of Ukraine is peaceful. Forget Crimea, it is of course disputed, but Russian and peaceful. Eastern Ukraine (Donbass) is where there right now is a hot war, it is not as bad as it has been a few years ago. ...


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I can't recall any other countries in the USA's alliance community whose interests are seen to be colliding with the USA's interests. The premise is flawed. The U.S. has conflicts with almost every country in the world over one thing or another, which is why we have on the order of 30,000 full time employees in the U.S. State Department to deal with all of ...


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The interest clashing with someone is never beneficial. Russia and China may be the exception, instead of the "other big guns". The problem is, by having difficulties with Russia and China, the US may make the "other big guns" also have difficulties with them, somewhat willing and somewhat forced. And the US actually has much more ...


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German and US interests collide frequently, but on balance the similarity of other interests is great enough to make that relatively noiseless. A very partial list, in additon to Nordstream: They disagreed about leaving the JCPOA with Iran. They disagreed about the 2003 Iraq war. A good example, Germany did not joint but it permitted the use of bases in ...


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From the BBC (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-56796324) Czech media reports, quoting unnamed investigators, suggest arms and ammunition at the depot might have been destined for either Ukrainian forces fighting pro-Russian rebels or rebels in Syria fighting the Russian-backed government there. Russia has a habit of targeting and intimidating those ...


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Here is an overview about the process the EU uses for sanctions. But keep in mind that sovereign states are not required to allow trade with each other (unless they signed treaties to that effect, and in theory they could withdraw from treaties). So it comes down to the political will of the EU, and the EU is the union of sovereign states. Some are more ...


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Your confusion comes from the idea that Navalny is posting himself on his own phone that he somehow has in prison. In fact, his social media account is being run by his lawyers or supporters using messages passed by Navalny through his lawyers, who are allowed to visit him in prison. This is reported in most articles about his messages. For example The New ...


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According to this article from January 11, 2021, Turkey states that it will only purchase the second party of S-400s if the tech transfer will be included in the deal. Apparently, as of March 3rd, these talks are still underway, so no tech transfer was approved by Russia at that point, and I do not see any news on the matter. So why buy S-400? Well, looking ...


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I am not familiar with this person, nor the matter, but from a quick web search, I found one of the reasons for the rescission of his status was based on his past Nationalistic statements and support for that cause. The Past In one widely circulated video, Navalny compares Chechen rebels to "cockroaches" and suggests that a pistol is the best way ...


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