When Ronald Reagan said, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall,” it was truly a historical moment.
However, history is a slow moving process. This statement by Reagan, while monumental, acted as but an attempt at a great transition in the relationship between the Cold War opponents. Yet, relations between the United States and Russia remain tepid at best since the fall of the Iron Curtain.
The arms race, which peaked near the turn of the 21st century, propelled the western world into unprecedented and unfamiliar territory due to the nature of the nuclear age. Upon examination of the how the relationship between the United States and the former Soviet Union has evolved since Reagan’s statement, interactions remain less than savory.
Between insinuations of foreign meddling in elections and a myriad of other forms of unorthodox warfare, tensions are rising once again. The Obama administration served to exacerbate this fact by testing an ICBM in 2014, yet failed to withdraw from the disarmament treaty.
However, President Trump announced recently that the United States will no longer remain a member of the aforementioned treaty due to Russia's failure to abide by the previously agreed stipulations. An agent of the Trump administration will be travelling to the Kremlin this week to meet with Prime Minister Putin in an attempt to reach a peaceful resolution to this matter.
The relation between America and Russia continues to hang in the balance. If Ronald Reagan ushered forth a new age of the relationship between these two superpowers, it is still long from developing into something prosperous.