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Do the recent events in Russia and America suggest that world peace and a reduction in nuclear arms has become more or less of a possibility?

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Do the recent events in Russia and America suggest that world peace and a reduction in nuclear arms has become more or less of a possibility? With much disagreements between Russia and the West on how the country should be run understandably there past relationships have not been so good, on both sides mistrust and suspicion grew. Russia and the West was at an all time low, it was the mid 1950's and the cold war was taking place. Germany had been divided into communist and democratic sectors. As well as those two sides being divided, they also formed separate alliances, NATO and the Warsaw Pact. After 1955 rtelationships between the two sides began to improve slightly and slowly. By 1989 the relations were about to improve even more when communism was under threat. The satellite countries finally stood up to Russia and were trying to gain their independence. The new Russian leader Gorbachev was making huge changes within the country...communism was slowly starting to disappear. The powerful bond between the countries, which was once there could be a possibility once again. The fall of the Communist regime in the Soviet Union was more than a political event. The powerful bond between economics and politics that was the integral characteristic of the state socialist system created a situation that was unique for the successor states of the Soviet Union. The Communist regime was so ingrain in every aspect of Soviet life that the Russian people were left with little democratic tradition. Russia faces the seemingly impracticable task of economic liberalization and democratization. This is combined with the fact that the new administration must address human rights issues, such as living conditions and the supply of staple goods in this new form of administration makes the prospect of a full democratic switch seemingly impossible. Gorbachev was the new leader of the Soviet Communist Party, taking over from Khrushchev in 1985. ...read more.

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The relationships between Russia and the West were are at moderate development, during this present time they did not see eye to eye and they still had there disagreements with on another and how things were carried out, this is distinctly shown in source four. Source Four The war within Chechnya was having a big effect on the relations between Russia and America. America wanted Russia to pull out of the war, and America were quite disturbed with Russia's involvement in the war because America believed that Russia was not keeping up the Founding Act, when they agreed to reduce nuclear weapons. Russia's association with the Chechnyian war was obviously proving that Russia had not cut down on its military arms. Whereas Russia thought, that the war with Chechnya was not of America's concern. Bill Clinton was greatly angered, because according to the Founding Act, Russia had agreed to reduce military arms. When Boris Yeltsin agreed to sign the treaty, clinton accepted his willingness but not, he couldn't understand and could let go that the Kremlin military commanders were actually violating the treaty. Russia's invasion of Chechnya was the first sign of the relationship between the countries hitting a rough patch. Relationships deteriorated when the new leader took control...Vladimir Putin took charge as soon as he came into power. He seemed to have a different approach to matters, different to Yeltsin's ways. Yet relationships still did not improve when new leader Putin took over, this is shown in source five. With unacceptable transactions being taken out by new Russian Leader Putin (whilst under the 'Founding Act' laws, the West had become concerned about his approach of handling matters within the NATO and UN force. The West became increasing concerned about Putin and his toughness over Chechnyas. Putin who was elected by the Russian society as he granted that he would not back down and would make Russia tough, he has clearly demonstrated this as he has not been willing to negotiate with EN and NATO over his nuclear power. ...read more.

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The Treaty of Moscow obliges both sides to reduce their number of warheads to a maximum of 2,20 each, although it leaves then free to store other independently of missiles. The relationship between the two presidents was described as 'an end to a long chapter confrontation and opened up an entirely new relationship between us two countries. However critics have refereed to the deal as a virtual treaty after America already indicated it might keep at least 2,400 warheads in reserve. They believe the treaty is not going to be achieved and is not a reality, they think that it is vague and is not clear to what they wish to be achieved. Recent events do suggest that the cold war has come to an end and that world piece and nuclear arms reduction is a possibility. With Russian and American relationships with one another progressing and coming to agreement world peace has become more of a possibility. With the Death Of communism (1898 on wards) Russia joining NATO The UN been given a stronger role The introduction of the founding act Treaty of Moscow Have all influenced the prospect of world peace. However relations between Russia and America have dramatically improved, they still don't see eye to eye on everything, which is understandable as they both have different methods of controlling their countries. They both still are a threat to one another, as they both still hold nuclear weapons, and have different opinions and thoughts on the attack of Iraq that America and Britain wish to carry out, as where NATO and Russia disagree with this transaction. Following on from September 11th I believe that the attacks on America have increased the chance of an outbreak of war. Without doubt the terrorist should be caught, and America and Britain are willing to go to extreme lengths to find those people, even if it means having a war with the country and bring nuclear weapons into the matter. Revenge is sweet, and it is revenge that I think have increased the chance of another war occurring. ...read more.

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