The US government today likes to pretend that it is the perennial champion of political independence for countries that were once behind the Iron Curtain. What is often forgotten, however, is that in the days following the fall of the Berlin Wall, Washington opposed independence for Soviet republics like Ukraine and the Baltic states.
NATO has been expanding eastward in Europe for years, despite commitments issued to the Soviet leaders. But this shouldn't have been an issue in the first place as NATO should have been dissolved back in 1991 because the threat of Soviet Union ceased to exist.