Russia has turn out to be more and more remoted from the remainder of Europe over the past 30 years, and maps of the continent illustrate simply how drastic the change has been.
Finland and Sweden this week introduced their intention to hitch the NATO navy alliance, ending a decades-long historical past of navy neutrality for each international locations. Their plans took place after Russia invaded Ukraine in late February — allegedly to cease it from becoming a member of NATO.
Russia first attacked Ukraine in 2014, after a civilian rebellion ejected a pro-Russia chief from the nation. Ukraine sought navy coaching and help from Western international locations afterward however had not been admitted to NATO.
Countries in NATO are certain by treaty to defend one another. Like Ukraine, Finland shares an extended border with Russia.
Europe in 1990
In 1990, the yr after the Berlin Wall fell, the Russia-dominated Soviet Union included Ukraine, the Baltic states and a number of different now-independent international locations. The Warsaw Pact, an alliance additionally dominated by Russia, included six satellite tv for pc international locations which are all now impartial as nicely.
Zoom In IconArrows pointing outwardsIn 1990, the yr after the Berlin Wall fell, Russia dominated the Soviet Union and six allied Warsaw Pact international locations.Bryn Bache | CNBC
Europe in 2022
Over the final 32 years, Germany has reunified and all the previous Warsaw Pact international locations have joined NATO. Three international locations that had been as soon as a part of the Soviet Union — Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania — have joined NATO as nicely.
Zoom In IconArrows pointing outwardsAs of 2022, NATO has expanded to let in three former Soviet states and the entire former Warsaw Pact international locations.Bryn Bache | CNBC
Though Sweden and Finland need to be a part of their Nordic neighbors in NATO, admission may take many months or be blocked solely.
Turkey, a NATO member since 1952, objects to the 2 international locations' admission, calling Scandinavian international locations "guesthouses for terrorist organizations."
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