Warsaw Pact

Soviet Superpower

Russia 1955.0921

Warsaw Pact

The Cold War from the Soviet Union's view (21 September 1955)

Historical Map of Russia & the former Soviet Union

After the death of Stalin in 1953, a thaw in relations between East and West allowed for the end of the occupations of Germany and Austria. However when West Germany was accepted into NATO, the Soviets retaliated by forming their own alliance: the Warsaw Pact.

Main Events

Death of Stalin

Joseph Stalin dies at his residence in Kuntsevo, near Moscow

Crimea transferred to Ukraine

Soviet Union transfers Crimean Oblast from Russian SFSR to Ukrainian SSR

West Germany joins NATO

USSR, Albania, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, East Germany, Hungary, Poland and Romania sign Warsaw Pact

Allied occupation of Austria ends

Soviet occupation of East Germany ends

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