Not knowing a whole lot about Russian history, I can say that the whole thing seems frightening and polarizing. I do not blame Putin for wanting the US to tell the truth and not lie to him. Aside from that, Putin needs to try to promote as much as pacifism and tolerance and possible, and education, to somehow alleviate the violence there and the real grievances the population has, and the issue of lines and borders is also prevalent here. Why do we need borders at all anywhere? It just seems to attract and magnify drama.