President George HW Bush: Remarks to the Supreme Soviet of the Republic of the Ukraine in Kiev, Soviet Union

26 years ago, on August 1, 1991 US President George HW Bush delivered a prescient warning on the dangers of Ukrainian ethno-nationalism in an address in Kiev. Bush told the assembled that “Americans will not support those who seek independence in order to replace a far-off tyranny with a local despotism. They will not aid those who promote a suicidal nationalism based upon ethnic hatred.” Bush’s wise pragmatism and caution enraged American neocons like New York Times columnist William Safire who unfairly dubbed Bush’s remarks “the Chicken Kiev speech.”

Edward Kline, ‘Silent Partner’ in Aiding Soviet Dissidents, Dies at 85 (New York Times)

Edward Kline, a Yale math major who, bored with the department store chain he inherited, devoted his career to supporting Soviet dissidents in Russia and promoting their cause abroad, died on June 24 in Manhattan. He was 85.

WEST NEEDS RUSSIA’S HELP TO FIGHT ISIS AND ASSAD CAN STAY, FRANCE’S MACRON SAYS (NEWSWEEK)

The recently elected French president said Wednesday he is looking to change his country’s course on Syria drastically and will no longer seek the removal of the war-torn country’s leader. The move comes as tensions between the U.S. and Russia escalate over Syria’s future.

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