The United States and Russia Modern Relations

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The United States and Russia
A New Cold War?
When the Cold War ended in the years between 1989 and 1991, observers
hoped for a new age of US-Russian cooperation. Initially, all signs pointed to
a healthy relationship between these superpowers: they worked together to
secure Russian nuclear weapons, cooperated to stabilise the Russian
economy, and reached an understanding to allow NATO expansion to some
former Warsaw Pact members.
Lately, however, relations have taken a turn for the worse. As NATO has
enlarged, Russia has objected to further expansion. Russia threatened to veto
UN Security Council resolutions concerning Iraq in the 1990s and 2000s.
the Untied States arrested several high-profile spies who were continuing to
operate in America long after the end of the Cold War. American withdrawal
from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty in 2001 spurred Russian fears that the
United States would engage in another arms race. During the lead-up to the
2003 Iraq War, Russia consistently opposed American efforts to gain UN
Security Council approval, threatening to veto any resolution proposed by
the United States. In 2008, Russia fought a war against Georgia, a U.S. ally.
While relations remain civil, the friendship has cooled considerably. While
no one believes Russia and the United States will engage in war with one
another, many do wonder if a new Cold War will emerge between these
former rivals. What are the prospects for a new Cold War re-emerging
between these great powers?

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