NATO Official: Russia Now an Adversary
In a question-and-answer session with a small group of reporters, Vershbow said Russia's annexation of Crimea and its apparent manipulation of unrest in eastern Ukraine have fundamentally changed the NATO-Russia relationship. "In central Europe ...
Hagel: Europe faces 'bracing new realities'
Fear of Russian aggression is most acute among newer NATO members such as Poland and other Eastern European states that once were part of the Soviet sphere of influence but chose to join the Western alliance after the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991.
Europe Projects Only Weakness to Putin
Europe has plenty of troops to fend off Russia’s conventional forces, which, though improving, are much diminished since the collapse of the Soviet Union. Yet this isn’t just about personnel, it’s about combat readiness. In 2011 the U.S. and the EU ...
Ex-Soviet nations review 10 years in EU
For elevator engineer Leonard Kukiel, Poland's entry into the European Union helped him get a good job ... as newly assertive Russia has flexed its muscles in Ukraine, a former Soviet republic. Economically, a decade in one of the world's most exclusive ...
WeHo Celebrates Its Russian-Speaking Residents This Month
Since the Soviet Union is geographically located east of Europe, the German military surrender became effective on May 9, 1945 Moscow-time — this is why Russia and most of the former Soviet republics commemorate Victory Day on May 9, rather than on May 8.