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Despite the Cold War officially thought to have ended with the fall of the Soviet Union in 1991, relations between the United States and Russia has remained tense. Chilly relationships between Russia and Western countries begs the question if the Cold War of the late-1900s ever truly ended or rather still exists today.

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The Cold War lasted for 45 years and culminated with the dissolve of the Soviet Union in 1991, at which point the newly-independent Russia transitioned from communism to capitalism. As the Berlin Wall fell, the Cold War officially ended between the Soviet Union and United States when leaders from both nations (Mikhail Gorbachev and George H.W. Bush) declared an end to the Cold War at a summit in 1989. With that, the end of the Cold War was signed and sealed between the two nations.
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This alliance between Western, industrialized nations had a Cold War strategy which prepared for a full-fledged war between Western nations and the Soviet Union. After the Cold War ended, NATO remained to guarantee security and stability for the Western nations' own mutual interests. With the official end of the Cold War, NATO was supposed to have disbanded but instead was enlarged by the U.S. This decision to not disband NATO but maintain such global alliance is an example of how the Cold War definitively ended, but even this event did not deter Western nations from keeping such union with one another.
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