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Published on Oct 16, 2014
Rear Adm. John Kirby battled with Associated Press reporter Matt Lee at the State Department’s daily press briefing on Thursday. The Pentagon press secretary stated by positioning forces within several kilometers of the Ukrainian border, the Russian army was encroaching on NATO’s “doorstep.” Lee pressed the spokesman on this statement, seeking to clarify whether Ukraine is in fact a member of the Western military alliance, and whether NATO’s eastward expansion over the past 15 years is a factor in the escalating tensions.