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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 annexation of Crimea

When Russia forcibly annexed Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula in 2014, their actions were strongly denounced by many nations, especially the by the U.S. and European Union. America refused to recognize the Kremlin's sovereign claim over Crimea and even imposed sanctions on Russia (like many other Western nations) to match their strong condemnation of Russia's illegal actions. This Russian annexation of Crimea and the U.S. sanctions that resulted from such an action, both actively contributed to a more unwelcoming relationship between these two nations. Their increasingly chilly relations over international and financial issues connected to this Crimea annexation only works to resurge Cold War relations.
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The Argument

The Russian annexation of Crimea reflects the continuation of the Cold War today. The argument that the annexation of Crimea by Russia in 2014 assumes that the behaviors from before, during, and after the crisis performed by the United States and Russia reflects their behaviors from the Cold War of the twentieth century. The already chilled tensions before this international dilemma paired with how Crimean annexation played out confirms that the Cold War never really ended and instead reflects a continuation of it. The decision of the United States and Western Europe to respond by imposing economic sanctions on Russia and providing financial and military support to Ukrainians is reminiscent of earlier Cold War tactics. [1] Use of these tactics suggest then that the Cold War never ended at all, and instead continues today. Language used by the press emphasized this comparison, with claims that a threat to the “free world” has returned as well as other communist versus capitalist language. [2]

Counter arguments

The counterargument to this assertion is that the Cold War decidedly lasted from 1945 through 1991, decidedly ending in 1991 with the end of the Soviet Union. As such, it is impossible for the Cold War to continue today as Russia is a different nation and the geopolitical concerns of the world are decidedly different. As such, the Russian annexation of Crimea might be a demonstration of rising tensions between the U.S. and Russia, but it is not a continuation of the Cold War.

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  1. https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.3366/j.ctv10kmcxz?turn_away=true&Search=yes&resultItemClick=true&searchText=Crimean+Peninsula+Cold+War&searchUri=%2Faction%2FdoBasicSearch%3FQuery%3DCrimean%2BPeninsula%2BCold%2BWar%26so%3Dnew&ab_segments=0%2Fbasic_SYC-5187_SYC-5188%2Ftest&refreqid=fastly-default%3A10159ebdd91eb428c539ec32558f39af
  2. https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/ukraine-crisis-canada-u-s-tell-russia-to-withdraw-forces-1.2556228

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