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Topic - Larry Eastland
In a memo to the White House in July 1981, advisers in the Ronald Reagan administration urged opposition to a new pipeline from Russia's oil- and gas-rich regions to Europe, warning that it would weaken the West's bargaining hand.
"President Reagan clearly understood at the time that Russia was not interested in being part of the family of nations," said Larry Eastland, a State Department official in the Reagan administration. "Anytime you allow someone to have their hand on the spigot, you've not only given them economic power, you've given them military power as well."
"This president opened the door to Putin, and Putin knew he had the power when this president made the decision not to follow on his red line on Syria. Putin knew he had him then," Mr. Eastland said.