Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

The Return of Containment? for Russians, Washington's Kindled Relations with Former Soviet States Signal a New Cold War

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

The Return of Containment? for Russians, Washington's Kindled Relations with Former Soviet States Signal a New Cold War

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WITH the rise of Russian nationalism and images of the bear on the move again, some observers here believe that Washington is trying to distance itself from Moscow and refocus its attention on other former Soviet republics.

In the past few weeks, leaders of Kazakhstan, Ukraine, and Georgia have all met individually in the White House with President Clinton and received promises of financial support, although all three republics have been criticized for being even less democratic than Russia.

Mr. Clinton's increased contacts with these countries has angered some Russian observers, who worry that Washington is embarking on a new policy of encirclement, attempting to create new buffers of former Soviet republics around Russia.

"Washington has started actively distancing itself from Moscow and shifting the focus of attention to Kiev and {the Kazakh capital of} Alma Ata," political commentator Dmitri Yevstafyev wrote in an article titled "Russia Faces the New Containment."

"The `playground' of Eurasia is likely to get prepared for the new cold war," he wrote in the daily Nezavisimaya Gazeta.

On March 7, Mr. Clinton supported Georgian leader Eduard Shevardnadze in his bid to have United Nations peacekeepers in his strife-torn homeland, although the proposal still needs the approval of the UN Security Council. Clinton also promised $70 million in aid to Georgia, most of which would aid refugees fleeing civil war in the breakaway region of Abkhazia.

In early March, after meeting with Ukrainian President Leonid Kravchuk, Clinton announced he would double US aid to Ukraine to $700 million through 1995. The decision came after Mr. Kravchuk promised in January to give up the estimated 1,600 nuclear warheads on its territory inherited from the Soviet nuclear arsenal.

And last month, Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev returned from Washington with an aid package more than three times the $91 million allotted the previous year. …

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