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The U.S. and the U.S.S.R Won WW2, But Never Stopped Mistrusting Each Other

Given the longstanding antagonism between the United States and Russia, it’s easy to forget that both countries fought on the same side in the two world wars of the 20th Century. And it’s worth revisiting both epic conflicts to see how quickly a short-lived alignment of interests gave way to the default distrust and misunderstanding which has unfortunately characterized the relationship between them ever since.

During World War I, admittedly, the two countries weren’t fighting the same fight for long. The United States only joined the anti-German Entente in the …