Question and Answer
March 8, 2022
Someone asked why Thailand has joined the boycott against Russia regarding its attack on Ukraine, although Russia has always been a great ally of Thailand. Why Thai people and the Thai government are not grateful for Russia?
I will explain why Thailand had to join NATO in announcing the boycott against Russia regarding its invasion of Ukraine. It is a long story. Please try to read till the end. I will try to explain so that you roughly understand the situation.
When Russia was still a part of Soviet Union, it signed an agreement with NATO, which was led by the United States, that NATO would not invade any surrounding countries bordering Russia.
There was a famous speech of U.S. President George W. bush that as long as there is German reunification (between West Germany and East Germany) and Germany is a member state of NATO, NATO will expand “not one inch eastward”.
That’s because if NATO expands to countries surrounding the Soviet Union, NATO could set up a missile base to bomb Russia.
This is the main reason why Russia had to invade Ukraine, which was formerly a part of the Soviet Union. Ukraine’s wish to become a member state of NATO has gained a support and endorsement from the United States and other Western countries.
After the collapse of the Soviet Union, these countries have tried to become members of NATO to seek protection. This coincides with the United States and allies that wish to interfere with Russia. The Western countries view that Russia is not yet a democratic country.
Before invading Ukraine, Russia asked NATO to review its agreement not to accept Ukraine and Georgia as member states of NATO, because of the
mentioned security reason.
These are the causes that Russia has claimed.
For whatever reason, citizens of the two countries should not have to face such horrible and miserable effects from the decisions of their leaders, who have brought the war in to harm their people.
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