Originally posted by CouchPotato
From the Russian perspective NATO started moving East long before they made any effort to move west.
It's not a matter of subjective russian perspective, Potato.
The statement that NATO's enlargement preceded the first russian military reaction to it by almost 20 years (war in Georgia) is an undeniable historic fact.
Internal NATO reaction to these former Warsaw Pact countries was initially negative, but by the 1991 Rome summit in November, members agreed to a series of goals that could lead to accession, such as market and democratic liberalization, and that NATO should be a partner in these efforts. Debate within the American government as to whether enlargement of NATO was feasible or desirable began during the George H.W. Bush administration. By mid-1992, a consensus emerged within the administration that NATO enlargement was a wise realpolitik measure to strengthen Euro-American hegemony. In the absence of NATO enlargement, Bush administration officials worried that the European Union might fill the security vacuum in Central Europe, and thus challenge American post-Cold War influence.
Enlargement of NATO - Wikipedia
Believe it or not.
1991-1992, for Christ's sake!!
America and western Europe didn't even wait for the body of the Soviet Union to get cold to start planning on stabbing Russia in the back, militarily surrounding the country's western borders.
But super patriotic american clowns are more than willing to rape the history of Europe to portray Russia as the aggressor...
They won't let small details like historic facts get in the way.