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originally posted by: seagull
I'm not sure what the fuss is about, frankly.
This sort of thing was fairly common place, relatively speaking, back in the day.
originally posted by: Zaphod58
a reply to: xpert11
Both Russia and the US signed an agreement in 1973 that regulated events like this, and was supposed to keep things like this from happening. It worked really well until a few years ago when it was apparently thrown out the window and Russian pilots started pushing more and more.
Now we have simulated attack runs on ships and barrel rolls over RC-135s. The fly by of the Cook wasn't a huge deal, other than the simulated attack runs. The crap their pulling with the RCs is almost criminal and could easily result in many people dead.
originally posted by: Majic
a reply to: Salander
The U.S. and NATO never signed an agreement prohibiting eastward expansion. Russia claims that a pledge was made, and perhaps it was, but without a signed agreement, it has no force of law.
Russia's treaty violations do, however, have legal consequences, and those consequences don't favor Russia.
As I mentioned earlier, I am largely sympathetic to Russia in all this, but Russian leaders are losing the strategic game. As long as they continue to burn diplomatic bridges and squander political capital on childish tantrums, the good people of Russia will be forced to pay the price.