Cold Once Again

Even in death, the Soviet Union continues to increase tensions with the United States, in the form of Russia. The U.S. concluded that Russia violated an arms-control treaty by testing a cruise missile; this infringement could not have come at a worse time. As you all probably know, the situation between Ukraine and Russia continues to escalate, with the Kremlin’s support for Ukrainian separatists and the decision to grant asylum to Edward J. Snowden.

The treaty has its origins back to 1987, when former President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev sealed the fate of the Cold War by banning the use of ground-launched ballistic or cruise missiles capable of flying 300 to 3,400 miles. See? APUSH is important!

It turns out that Russia has been testing missiles ever since 2008, and the Obama administration is not happy. Recently, American officials informed the NATO allies that Russia violated the treaty, which raises even more concerns. President Obama sent a letter to Russian President Mr. Putin, which states Obama’s interests in keeping the 1987 treaty intact, and thus preventing the second coming of the Cold War. Some say that if Russia doesn’t resolve this infringement, U.S. action must be taken. This could be translated into conflicts with Russia, a nation already occupied with the situation in Ukraine.

What will the Obama administration do? If nothing is done quickly to resolve the problem, tensions with Russia, as well as the situation in Gaza and Ukraine, may create global conflict.

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