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... 87 per cent do not know anything about the Goryani rebellion, 64 per cent know nothing about the Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia, and 51 per cent had not heard of Georgi Markov. Meanwhile, in an interview with public broadcaster Bulgarian National Television on April 2, Dossier ...
came as a shock to the U.K. and world, as a former Russian double agent was targeted alongside his daughter with a Russian-made military-grade nerve agent. The story sounds as if it was taken directly from a Cold War thriller or an "Austin Powers" classic; however, it wasn't the first time that Russia ... Putin

Moscow considers the incorporation of Ukraine into the alliance created to constrain Russia as a security threat, rather as Washington might view Mexico's entry into the Warsaw Pact. While to Americans Moscow is wildly inflating the threat--in truth, the idea of the Europeans attacking Russia sounds ... Cold War
During the period after the Soviet Union, and its communism, and its Warsaw Pact military alliance, all ended in 1991, the historical record of the U.S. and its allies (all now after the Cold War has supposedly been over) has become even worse than it was during the Cold War, and is even more clearly ... Intelligence
During the 1980s, the Soviet Union steadily lost ground against the United States economically, in large part due to the disparity in military spending. The U.S. spent lavishly to maintain and expand military bases along the border with the Warsaw Pact, forcing the Soviets to try and keep pace. The ... Americans
Ghana has always been touted NON-ALIGNED which therefore puts us on the fence when it comes to the world's two power blocks, namely the Western Democracies and what used to be the Warsaw Pact which represented the interest of then Soviet-led group of Socialist states. Even during the cold ... US military

Do threats produce compliance? Often yes, but it's always a grudging compliance that lasts only as long as resistance seems futile. Lately, women have been impressing that truth on powerful men. Some get it, some don't. My concern here is whether our country will get it as it conducts its foreign relations.
Readiness among NATO forces has suffered. That cannot be tolerated lest the alliance become what it was in the late 1970s--a hollow force with a critical mission. Many leaders, particularly those of former Warsaw Pact nations, are sounding the alarm over Russia's menacing activities, but NATO ...
Ghana has always been touted NON-ALIGNED which therefore puts us on the fence when it comes to the world's two power blocks, namely the Western Democracies and what used to be the Warsaw Pact which represented the interest of then Soviet-led group of Socialist states. Even during the cold war, ...
A reunified Germany became a central player in NATO, which went on a recruitment drive through the '90s, signing up former members of the now-defunct pro-Russian Warsaw Pact — the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Albania. It has also ...
Two-thirds of Poland's weaponry dates from the Cold War era when it was in the Soviet-led Warsaw Pact. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Vladimir Titov told the state-run Sputnik news website in November that Patriot deployments were part of a U.S. plot to surround Russia with missile defense systems ...
... compatible with standardized Western ammunition and modern accessories. In short, the Beryl is like an AK-47, except that it fires 5.56 x 45-millimeter rounds — the standard NATO cartridge — instead of the 7.62 x 39-millimeter and 5.45 x 39-millimeter rounds which were standard in the Warsaw Pact.
1955 - The Warsaw Pact is organized, creating a military alliance of communist nations in Eastern Europe, including the Soviet Union, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Hungary, Poland and Romania. October 4, 1957 - The Soviet Union launches Sputnik I, the first artificial satellite, which starts the ...
Much of Poland's military equipment currently dates back to the era when communist Poland was in the Moscow-led Warsaw Pact, says the BBC's Adam Easton in Warsaw. The first deliveries are expected in 2022. This comes as the US is developing its controversial anti-missile shield in Europe. In 2016 ...
NATO still operates while the Warsaw Pact was disbanded. Current relations need to reflect that changed context, the official explained to TNIE. Instead of an arrangement that will cover all military transfers, India could consider “freezing a standard text” and then making that equipment and country-specific.
(CNN) -- Here's a look at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), headquartered in Brussels, Belgium. Facts:The organization's charter states that the signing parties will "seek to promote stability and well-being in the North Atlantic area," and will "unite their efforts for collective defense and for the ...
Facts: The organization's charter states that the signing parties will "seek to promote stability and well-being in the North Atlantic area," and will "unite their efforts for collective defense and for the preservation of peace and security." April 4, 1949 - Established when 12 nations sign the North Atlantic Treaty in ...

When most of the former Warsaw Pact countries joined the EU, many people assumed it was a kind of End of History moment, of peace and harmony on a united, democratic European continent. Now, leaders in Hungary, Poland and elsewhere are challenging that consensus, the UK has voted to leave the ...
They were masters in the art of diplomacy, dealing expertly with the demise of the Soviet Union and Warsaw Pact, negotiating two strategic arms reduction treaties with Moscow, and engineering the mutual withdrawal of the least safe and secure nuclear weapons from Russian and U.S. deployments.
The NATO alliance insists that the sites are being built to detect and counter Iranian missiles, contain no offensive capabilities, and couldn't stop Russia's massive arsenal of missiles anyway, but Moscow has refused to accept NATO missile sites on former Warsaw Pact territory, calling it a “direct threat.”.
In Document 23, Helmut Kohl spoke to Gorbachev in July 1990 of “establishing cooperation between NATO and the Warsaw Pact,” and Gorbachev noted the importance of “the non-proliferation of NATO's military structures to the territory of the GDR.” I could find nothing in these memcons to support the ...
In 1970, when Communist Poland signed on to the Warsaw Pact, it confirmed that it had no claims against West Germany, either. And when Germany reunited in 1990, Poland failed to bring any claims against the newly reunited country. (In 1992 Germany paid 500 million marks—roughly $320 million at the ...
It was founded as a Cold War defensive alliance to thwart any Western invasion by the Soviet Union, which had positioned some 1.3 million Warsaw Pact troops for such an incursion. NATO was indeed one of the greatest military alliances in world history. With America as its leader, it won the Cold War.
The M-60 “Patton” tank is one of the most iconic tanks of the Cold War. While it did not see use in the Vietnam War, it saw extensive use by Israel and Iran in the various hot wars of the 20th century, and comprised the vast bulk of the U.S. Army's tank fleet facing down the Warsaw Pact throughout the 1970s ...
That strategy, in turn, strengthened the most vigorous national Catholic community in the Soviet sphere, even as the Vatican Ostpolitik was weakening local Churches in other Warsaw Pact countries. When Wojtyla was elected pope in 1978, taking the name John Paul II, the Casaroli Ostpolitik was quietly ...
Both Hungary and Slovakia – two former Warsaw Pact nations that have forged close ties Russian and its allies in the Eurasian Customs Union, including Belarus – are believed to have led the charge to slightly modify the provisions of the embargo. Both nations are eager to tap into the lucrative small ...
However, a disturbing new report in The Sun reveals that Corbyn was much more than just a left-wing activist in the 1980s—he was spying on his own country for the Warsaw Pact. Although The Sun is a tabloid and not always meticulous with details, this report is based on the files of Communist ...
Seven years after it withdrew from NATO's Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS) program, Ottawa has decided to rejoin the alliance's aerial intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance program, Canada's defence minister announced Wednesday. The AWACS program was established by the ...
And much of America's foreign policy since the end of the Cold War — from incorporation of a reunified Germany, the Warsaw Pact states and the Baltic republics into NATO, to the two wars in Iraq, to the intervention in Libya — has given the Kim family every reason to believe that trusting America to respect ...
It was President Bill Clinton who moved NATO eastwards, abrogating a 1991 agreement with the Russians not to recruit former members of the Warsaw Pact that is at the root of current tensions with Moscow. And, while the US and NATO point to Russia's annexation of the Crimea as a sign of a “revanchist” ...
The Speaker of the lower house of Poland's parliament, Marek Kuchciński, wrote a letter to those attending the Warsaw ceremony to say that Kukliński was a man who served his country when it was under Soviet control during the communist era. Kukliński passed top-secret Warsaw Pact documents to the ...
The United States, he told then-President Bill Clinton, was “sow[ing the] seeds of distrust” by dangling NATO membership in front of former Warsaw Pact states. For a Russian leader to “agree to the borders of NATO expanding toward those of Russia,” he told Clinton during a 1995 meeting at the Kremlin, ...
The nations of the Eastern bloc seemed like impenetrable Orwellian fortresses for decades until they seemingly collapsed from the wind overnight. North Korea is however different than Warsaw Pact Communist states or the Soviet Union, as it has taken its totalitarian control to even greater extremes that ...
During the Cold War, disinformation operations were run by many of the leading players in both the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and in the opposition Warsaw Pact. Sometimes the activity and the sponsorship were clearly visible, as when Radio Free Europe and Radio Moscow would exchange barbs ...
“Soon after,” Prokudin and Ardaev wrote, “the Warsaw Pact and the Council for Mutual Economic Assistance (COMECON), the Soviet analogue of NATO and the EU, ceased to exist. What contributed to the collapse of the Eastern Bloc remains a question for historians, but one thing is clear: Poland was then ...
KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — During the Cold War, the MiG-21 fighter and the Kalashnikov AK-47 assault rifle epitomized the might of the Soviet Bloc as it confronted the West in Europe. Although the MiG-21 — dubbed Fishbed by NATO — never saw combat in a NATO-Warsaw Pact war, the most ...
In 1989, NATO, the Warsaw Pact and 12 other European countries adopted a human rights and security agreement in Vienna, Austria. In 1993, a historic disarmament ceremony ended in Paris with the last of 125 countries signing a treaty banning chemical weapons. In 2009, US Airways Capt. Chesley ...
George H. W. Bush, Brent Scowcroft, and James A. Baker, who served as president, national security adviser, and secretary of state in 1990 respectively, all firmly denied that the topic of extending NATO membership to former Warsaw Pact countries (other than East Germany) even came up during the ...
The Czech president, Miloš Zeman, has been accused of promoting a climate of “vulgarity, incompetence and corruption” as the Czech Republic heads into a presidential election widely seen as a referendum on his controversial brand of anti-immigrant populism and the country's place in the western ...
Measuring political virtue by longitude has also been given fresh impetus by Vladimir Putin's neo-Soviet statecraft and the emergence of populist governments in countries of the former Warsaw Pact. The power-hoarding habits of Poland's Law and Justice party and Hungary's nationalist prime minister, ...
The world watched on appalled when a massive Soviet-led Warsaw Pact army invaded Czechoslovakia in August 1968, and it was at this point that Dubcek asked citizens not to resist with force, as “a military defence would have meant exposing the Czech and Slovak peoples to a senseless bloodbath” – it ...
Alexander Dubcek's election in 1968 led to unprecedented reforms in communist Czechoslovakia. But his attempt at "socialism with a human face" failed. It did, however, plant a seed, reports Ian Willoughby from Prague. Alexander Dubcek addresses workers days before the Warsaw Pact invasion of ...
In addition to establishing a Warsaw Pact-style defense alliance and restoring a Soviet socialist “Union State,” Suraikin wants to raise the minimum wage to 70,000 rubles ($1,200) and pensions to 40,000 rubles ($700). Suraikin, 39, submitted his candidacy papers to the Central Election Commission last ...
When he became president, he asked how many infantry divisions it would take to deter a Warsaw Pact invasion of Europe. Coincidentally, he was told about 90 divisions. Eisenhower knew that having a “peacetime” standing army of that size was neither politically nor fiscally sustainable. To counter Soviet ...
One of the primary differences in infantry training between NATO countries and the former Warsaw Pact was the use of automatic fire. While NATO countries train their infantry to almost always use semi-automatic fire to engage targets, the Warsaw Pact countries trained their infantry to make use of fully-automatic fire on the ...
California Gov. Jerry Brown poses for a photo after an interview with the Associated Press in Rome, Friday, Nov. 3, 2017. Brown called climate change an existential threat. (Alessandra Tarantino / AP file). Jeff McDonaldContact Reporter. Quick read. Gov. Jerry Brown met with Edison International's top executive for two ...
P-26, as it was known, recruited and trained more than 400 people to fight the invaders should the Soviet Union's Warsaw Pact forces overrun the neutral state. The group, which maintained secret weapons depots throughout the country, was revealed to have operated with British and American support ...
In 1989, NATO, the Warsaw Pact and 12 other European countries adopted a human rights and security agreement in Vienna, Austria. In 1993, a historic disarmament ceremony ended in Paris with the last of 125 countries signing a treaty banning chemical weapons. In 2009, US Airways Capt. Chesley ...
It is a year of several big anniversaries, from the 25th birthday of Slovakia as we know it today on 1 January, through the anniversary of the 1948 Communist coup and the 1968 Prague Spring and subsequent Warsaw Pact invasion, to the centenary of the end of World War I and the breakup of the empire ...
Newly released documents demonstrate that Soviet officials reasonably believed releasing their Warsaw Pact captives would not lead to NATO's expansion to Russia's border. Americans might believe that Moscow should not fear such an advance, but Russia sees geographical space and buffer states as ...


 

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