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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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The Cold War ended with the Malta Summit and the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989

The Cold War ended in 1988 with the fall of the Berlin Wall, then the Malta Summit a few weeks later.

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The Cold War ended in 1988 with the fall of the Berlin Wall, then the Malta Summit a few weeks later. Though the common belief is that the Cold War ended in 1991 with the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the actual end comes a bit earlier. In 1989, the fall of the Berlin Wall became an enormous symbol of democratic triumph in Europe, a symbol whose visual impact on the world cannot be underestimated. It is the fall of the Berlin Wall best remembered by those alive during the period, not the technical dissolution of the USSR. Furthermore, the Malta Summit, coming on the heels of such a tremendous event, represented the arrival of peace.[1] The summit was so essential that Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev declared “The world is leaving one epoch and entering another. We are at the beginning of a long road to a lasting, peaceful era. The threat of force, mistrust, psychological and ideological struggle should all be things of the past.” Therefore, if it is recognized by the leaders of the countries involved, President Bush and Chairman Gorbachev, as the turning point in the Cold War, it should be remembered by history in that way as well.

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Although the Malta Summit and the fall of the Berlin Wall were paramount to the ending of the Cold War, the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991 remains more than a formality. It is only with the formal declaration that communism in Europe is not to retain the same shape, and that many of the societies behind the iron curtain now have the opportunity to remake themselves in their own vision, that the Cold War could end. [2]

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  1. https://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/modern-world-history-1918-to-1980/the-cold-war/the-malta-summit-1989/
  2. https://www.historyextra.com/period/cold-war/did-cold-war-us-russia-relations-ever-really-end-soviet-union-america-tensions-nuclear-weapons/
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