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U.S. is not Ukraine [Letter]

I can not agree with the recent letters to The Sun written about the unrest in Ukraine. Although the U.S. has current economic problems, our nation has always shown the resiliency to overcome them in the long run, fueled by a democratic, capitalistic and innovative society ("Ukraine not unlike the U.S.," Feb. 27). This, unfortunately, is not characteristic of the Ukraine, formerly part of the communist Soviet Union.

As for the writer who insists that Russia has every right to claim interference with its sphere of influence ("The U.S. should speak softly on Ukraine," Feb. 27), even bringing up the possibility of a military venture by the U.S as a parallel case involving Canada or Mexico is not even a remote possibility. As a democracy and a friendly neighbor, we certainly do not have any territorial designs on either nation. To the contrary, Russia has made it clear that it considers Ukraine not only a former Soviet Union state but that the eastern portion should be an integral part of the new Russian empire as indicated by sending troops to the common border and encouraging separatists in the Crimea.

Russia has meddled in the affairs of neighboring former Soviet republics and brutally suppressed its own southern populations including in Chechnya. Any comparison of a U.S. standing up for democracy and human rights with a now-aggressive dictatorship in Russia is outrageous.

Nelson Marans, Silver Spring

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