It is all too reminiscent of the Hungarian spring, when the US stood by and let the USSR crush the Hungarian freedom movement. This appeasement will do nothing but embolden the most militaristic and dangerous elements of the Russian ruling class. Message: America has retreated.
This move will cause us nothing but trouble in the long term. And it's a fine repayment for the support and friendship that these brave Eastern European countries have shown America, isn't it?
If he knows about this, there is a tear in Ronald Reagan's eye this morning.