How long does Russian President Vladimir Putin intend to keep tens of thousands of military troops inside Crimea or camped out along his country’s border with Ukraine? A long time, according to a senior US lawmaker who says the Bear is hunkering down.
US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel warned his Ukrainian counterpart on Wednesday against using military forces against thousands protesting the country’s abandoning plans to join the European Union. Riot police have clashed with protestors who are angry that Ukraine has decided to realign itself with Russia.
On May 14, 1955, the Warsaw Pact is created. The Soviet Union, Albania, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Hungary, Poland and Romania establish the mutual defense organization to counter the North Atlantic Treaty Organization.