In his excellent article on NATO`s "relentless march into eastern Europe" as a cause of Russia`s recent assertiveness, Jeremy Corbyn failed to mention one important point. (A Monopoly on Expansion. 03/04/14) The west has reneged on the promise made to Gorbachev in the various talks which preceded German unity. With West Germany being a member of NATO, and the east a member of the Warsaw Pact, the need for Russian agreement was imperative, and only when Baker, President Bush`s Secretary of State, said that there"would be no extension of NATO`s jurisdiction for forces of NATO one inch to the east" was Gorbachev persuaded.
As Corbyn`s article emphasised, the duplicity of politicians in foreign policy is not confined to Russia, as western propaganda would have us believe, and his argument that there is "more than a taint of double standards and hypocrisy in western European and US concerns over the Ukraine" is irrefutable.