Sunday, March 23, 2014

Maps: Russia, after the breakup of Communism, faces a bigger EU and a bigger NATO

In 1991 the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics dissolved. Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan became countries separate from the Russian Federation.  The members of the Warsaw Pact (Poland, East Germany, Czechoslovakia, Romania, Bulgaria, Hungary, Albania) and Yugoslavia were relieved of Soviet domination.

Former USSR, Warsaw Pact Nations and Yugoslavia
There has been a comparable expansion of the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). The animated maps shown in the linked Wikipedia articles show the expansion of these institutions clearly.

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