Political map of Europe & the Mediterranean 16 August 2008 (South Ossetia War): The collapse of Russian power (Dissolution of the Soviet Union) in 1989-91 had allowed NATO and the EU to absorb not only the former Soviet satellites in eastern Europe but also the former Soviet Republics (Soviet Republic) in the Baltic (Baltic States). In the 2000s, it began to look like Georgia (Rose Revolution), Ukraine (Orange Revolution), and some of the other ex-Soviet states might soon follow. However when a resurgent Russia intervened in Georgia's dispute with its own breakaway republics (2008 South Ossetia War), any thoughts of further Western expansion were put on hold.