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Is Russia Following the United States' Example?

Trust has eroded between the two countries as the United States has broken international agreements. Will Russia do the same?

After years of relative obscurity on the international stage, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization has become a major player in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. A group of experts joined Roundtable to discuss NATO’s history, its relationship with Russia and the current conflict in Ukraine.

In this segment, political writer Diana Johnstone discusses the United States’ responsibility in Russia’s ongoing actions.

Johnstone argues that Russia’s aggression in Ukraine has, in part, followed the example of the U.S.’s colonial legacy.

“The United States has been the hegemonic power for a long time, and the Russians end up imitating it,” she said. “This is part of the horror of the dominant power being so awful. It makes others awful too.”

Given the history of the U.S. failing to follow through on treaties with Russia, Johnstone notes, there’s little reason to believe that Russia will hold up its end in peace talks.

“The United States is broken one agreement after another, and there's a loss of trust,” she said. “I would like to see this thing over as quickly as possible, but I'm afraid that no agreement is going to be trustworthy because the United States has shattered previous agreements.”

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Watch the full discussion below:

Roundtable Guests:

Diana Johnstone, scholar and journalist. Author of CIRCLE IN THE DARKNESS Memoir of a World Watcher

Ronald Suny, William H. Sewell Jr Distinguished University Professor of History, University of Michigan. Author of They Can Live in the Desert but Nowhere Else

Scott Horton, Editorial Director,; host, Scott Horton Show