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There’s No One Under the Bus

The Charge That U.S. Allies Have Been Betrayed by the Russian Reset is Simply False

Samuel Charap addresses the argument that the Obama administration has thrown U.S. Eastern European NATO allies under the bus in its pursuit of improved U.S.-Russia relations.

Critics of the Obama administration’s "reset" with Russia have created a narrative that they repeat with striking consistency. In order to garner concessions from the Kremlin, they claim the administration has "neglect[ed] and even abandon[ed] other countries in region." What’s more, President Barack Obama got practically nothing in return for these alleged betrayals. Perhaps his most-hyped accomplishment with Moscow, Russia’s vote for tougher Iran sanctions, is comparable to a used rug.

 The omnipresence of this narrative is matched by its complete disconnect from reality. In fact, the reset has provided a laundry list of deliverables, from an agreement that allows U.S. planes to fly over Russian territory on their way to Afghanistan, to Iran sanctions that are significantly more stringent than the prior three (if it’s a used rug, then it must be a pricey Persian antique).

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