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Former US President George W. Bush
A prankster has duped former U.S. President George W. Bush into admitting the U.S. violated its promise to former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev not to expand NATO.

Believing that he was actually speaking with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, former U.S. President George W. Bush has been duped by a prankster into admitting that NATO expansion eastward towards Russia had violated a U.S. promise not to do so. "Listen, times change," Bush says in a video created by the Russian prankster duo known as Vovan and Lexus.

After "Zelensky" calls Bush "a very, very wise person," the former U.S. president says he didn't want Russia to become a member of NATO either, but rather, "I wanted them on the fringe of NATO. I wanted Ukraine in NATO."

Bush tells "Zelensky" that "your mission is to destroy as many Russian troops as you can."

He then condemns Russian President Vladimir Putin for essentially putting an end to Wall Street and Washington's domination of Russia under President Boris Yeltsin. "I thought for a while that Russia would be more cooperative and then Putin changed dramatically," Bush tells the fake Zelensky. Russian pranksters (who have been banned from YouTube) put out a short video. Here is a longer clip:

NATO's expansion eastward is one of the causes of the Ukraine war, especially after the West in December rejected Moscow's treaty proposals for a new security arrangement in Europe.