This is a myth. Gorbachev previously admitted that NATO’s expansion was not an issue in 90s

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Former Soviet state and party leader Mikhail Gorbachev has disproved the statement that in talks about German unification he had been promised that NATO will not expand to the east, zeit.de reported in 2014

During the negotiations in 1990, this was not an issue, said Gorbachev to the heute-journal on ZDF. He added: “The Warsaw Pact still existed. The question did not arise at the time.” 

The two-plus-four treaty of 1990 dealt with the territory of the GDR, said Gorbachev. When asked whether it is a myth that he was betrayed by the West, Gorbachev replied: “Yes, that is actually a myth. The press had a hand in it.”

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