The hostility between the Soviet Union and the United States existed long before the crisis began, dating back as early as World War I. When the West Germany joined the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), whose members included countries such as the Italy, the United Kingdom, and the U.S., in May of 1955, the Soviet Union took it as a threat intended towards the USSR. In response to this threat, the Soviets formed the Warsaw Pact that set up a united military force for the Soviet Union and their allies, making the two alliances as rivals. After a brief hiatus of peace during World War II when the nations allied against Germany, the aggression only worsened with the beginning of the Cold War and the Nuclear Arms Race for nuclear supremacy. The two nations were neck and neck in the quest to create the largest quantity and most powerful nuclear weapons. Though both countries were creating nuclear missiles, each pursued a very different ...
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