posted on May, 19 2004 @ 08:33 AM
My grandfathers had first had experience with Russian equipment during the "Great Patriotic War". Needless to say it was not of the best
quality(worksmanship), but the designs were excellent.
I do hope Russia will be a proud and powerful nation again, and this time help it's neighboring eastern countries that suffered during the Soviet
Putin seems to rule with an iron fist for a democratic president. IMO, this is just what Russia needs. He is almost worshipped as a diety in some
As for a return of the Soviet Union, it is unproabable but it not out of the question. Many of the old Soviet states yearn to be powerful again, and
many wanted to stay in the USSR but it's main state. Russia, was the first one to leave and therefore officiallydissolved the Soviet Union.
The baltic states would almost never join, they are still full of hate with the atrocities committed against their people by Stalin.
Ukraine is another story however, as half of it seems to want to rejoin or "team up" with Russia while the other half is looking towards Poland and
Belarus is also seeking a partnership with Russia. In fact, the two countries are on their way to officially becoming one state.
Poland, the Czechs, Slovaks, and the former Yugoslavian states are not looking towards Russia anymore. They are starting to turn for the west, since
that is where the money is. Many of them have already joined NATO, and others are well on thier way.
Perhaps one day Russia will join NATO? Russia would be a powerful ally for the United States. And Russia sure could use the financial aid and
investments from the U.S.