By SS & KH
Seeds: The end of World War II marked the beginning of a not so friendly relationship between the United States and Russia (technically, it was the Soviet Union then, but you get the idea). The tensions between the two countries were at their peak during the Cold War, wherein the two countries, separated stringently by ideology (communism vs. capitalism), battled it out in the space race and the race for nuclear weapons. However, after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the contentious nature of the diplomatic relationship eased to a certain extent. Despite this, tensions between the US and Russia have seemingly escalated once again in the last year or so. When Russia occupied Crimea and eastern Ukraine last year, the relationship was clearly strained. Another point of disagreement was the Assad regime and crisis in Syria. The United States and Russia have a neutral relationship at best and a choleric one at worst.
Core: Within the last month there have been several incidents that have renewed the tensions between the two countries, mainly the aggressive manner in which Russian planes have approached American military ships and aircrafts. Defense officials have been calling these maneuvers “unsafe and unprofessional,” (which is essentially “Miley, what’s good?” in the world of defense officials), prompting even more diplomatic friction between the two countries. Also, the United States recently activated a missile defense shield in Romania (a system to track and destroy missiles) to which Russia stated that the United States is violating a treaty on nuclear forces.
Skin: The tensions have heightened so much that US and Russian officials are taking to Twitter to air their disagreements. Reminding us all that no matter where we come from, what languages we speak, or how old we are, we can all be unified in our love for throwing shade on Twitter.
Leaves: Some are calling these tensions the Second Cold War, but others don’t think that it is that significant. Either way, the contention continues, and only time will tell how the two countries will resolve their disagreements.
Food For Thought: Do you think that this is the Second Cold War? Or is that too harsh a statement? Do you think that Russia and the United States could ever be allies, or are they too ideologically different?
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