Only when the Cold War was over and defence spending in the former Warsaw Pact
countries fell from 20 to less than two per cent of GDP could these countries re-establish their civilian infrastructure and renew their industries.
We were inculcated with the fact that although the Warsaw Pact
was composed of nominally independent states, their policies were dictated by, or subject to, approval by the Soviet Union.
Lyndon Johnson did not lift a hand to save the Czechs, when Warsaw Pact
armies crushed "Prague Spring" in 1968.
The Warsaw Pact
was a Soviet equivalent to NATO before the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991.
The heavy arms come from redundant equipment of the armies of the former Warsaw Pact
, according to Hynek.
Well before Secretary Rumsfeld famously taunted reluctant Western European NATO allies as "Old Europe" while praising the recently allied East European countries as "New Europe," these former Warsaw pact
members were also characterized in the literary world as the "Other Europe.
All US law-makers knew Russia did not have UNSC permits in its Chechnya wars in the 1990s, in Georgia in August 2008, etc - not to mention what the Soviets had done to those Warsaw Pact
member-countries whose leaders had rebelled against Moscow before the first Soviet-Western Cold War ended.
In a memorandum marked SECRET UK US EYES ONLY, defence secretary John Nott informed prime minister Margaret Thatcher in December 1981 that the RAF was monitoring the hundreds of monthly flights through UK airspace by Warsaw Pact
In which capital did the member countries of NATO and the Warsaw Pact
sign a major agreement on detente in 1975?
The Non-Aligned Movement was set up in 1961 at the height of the Cold War and was intended to be bloc of nations that sided neither with NATO nor the Warsaw Pact
1991 The Warsaw Pact
is officially dissolved at a meeting in Prague.
On the other hand, it behaved internationally as a maverick state that often defied the foreign policy positions of Moscow and even withdrew from the Warsaw Pact
command structure after the invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968.