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US, Ukraine Diplomats: West Underestimated Russian Threat in 2008

This story originated in VOA’s Georgian and Ukrainian services.Eleven years after Russian tanks rolled through a mountain tunnel in the Greater Caucasus mountains to invade neighboring Georgia, State Department officials say the U.S. underestimated the geopolitical implications for all of Western Europe.

“What happened 11 years ago today, when Russia invaded Georgia, is that actual war came back to Europe in ways that none of us anticipated,” George P. Kent, deputy assistant secretary in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs at the U.S. State Department, told reporters from VOA’s Eurasia division.

“Russia, a member of the U.N. …read more

Source: Voice of America

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