EU File/Communist Bloc Military Updates: Alleged informant for communist secret police, Solidarity trade union founder, ex-president Walesa urges Poland to “overcome historic differences” with Russia as Union State kicks off Zapad 2013 military drill in neighboring Belarus; Russia opens air base in Belarus, helicopter base near Latvia, boosts troop strength from 16,000 to 100,000 along Baltic republic borders
September 21, 2013
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The Communist Party of the Soviet Union has entrusted the same strategy of deception and convergence to Putin as to Yeltsin, Gorbachev, Andropov and those Soviet leaders before them.
NATO has broken promises to Mihkail Gorbachev not to expand beyond the eastern border of the former West Germany. There sure was talk of it — Gorbachev was directly promised it, although it was never documented anywhere. And where is NATO now? Where is its border? We were fooled, that was it.
— Russian President Vladimir Putin, Valdai Forum, September 19, 2013
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