The CSTO: Russia’s Answer to NATO?

The collapse of the Soviet Union was one of the most significant events in Russian history. The Soviet Union conquered new territories and expanded its model of communism to other parts of the globe. Russians felt a sense of honor and dignity, not just in themselves, but in the Soviet system because of its victory in World War II and its accomplishments in the fields of aeronautics, space and satellite technologies, and various different forms of nuclear technology. Russians were exasperated and in disbelief when the Soviet Union faced unprecedented challenges in the late 1980s, which eventually led to its demise in 1991.