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  •  Obama cited it, (0+ / 0-)

    now that Russia's in violation, but it's far more telling that Ukraine was never brought into NATO.  Russia could argue that the letter's effect evaporated when Ukraine got the development aid, but it doesn't impose any new obligations in any event.  Russia can't violate Ukraine's territorial integrity because Ukraine is its own country, not because of a letter.

    I think most of the world would rather the U.S. exercise restraint and soft power viz Russia . . .

    Difficult, difficult, lemon difficult.

    by Loge on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 12:57:32 PM PST

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    •  I'm not suggesting we attack Russia (0+ / 0-)

      I'd call what I've suggested a vigorous application of "soft power".

      "Turns out I'm really good at killing people." - President Obama

      by jrooth on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 01:11:31 PM PST

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      •  some of those may go a little far, (0+ / 0-)

        but the U.S.'d be doing similar things along those lines not because of a 1994 agreement but because it's in the U.S.'s interest to uphold such principles of international law.

        Difficult, difficult, lemon difficult.

        by Loge on Mon Mar 03, 2014 at 01:20:24 PM PST

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