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Did the Cold War End? Show more Show less
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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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Despite the fact that Russia adopted capitalism and the Soviet Union dissolved, Vladimir Putin's Russia is just as aggressive as it was when Gorbachev held power in the Soviet Union. Furthermore, the relations between Russian and the United States has further deteriorated and become chilly yet again. As Russia remains in contention with America the more time goes on, concerns about echos of ideological battles and arms races are at the forefront of national security. The Cold War never truly ended, perhaps only in spirit, but as Russia becomes more akin to the Soviet Union than it had previously, and relations between Russia and the U.S. remain frosty, there is the acute reality of a present-day Cold War.
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Russian Aggression in the Baltics

Since the Russian annexation of Crimea in 2014, there has been a sharp increase in Russian military activity in the Baltic region. Russian intimidations on land, at sea, and underwater have all occurred almost daily in the Baltic region, and despite Russian president Vladimir Putin's dismissal of such aggression, Putin has also similarly denied invading Ukraine. Furthermore, the Kremlin has began portraying a propaganda campaign which displays the democratic Baltic states as being led by dictatorial powers who tyrannize Russian speakers. This Russian aggression in the Baltics is very reminiscent of Soviet aggression and eventual invasion of the Baltics in 1940, during the Cold War. This resurgence of Russian aggression in the Baltics today signifies a Cold War-era hostility and militance that did not ever truly end since the Cold War itself did not really end just because the Soviet Union became Russia.
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