Historical Points of Russian/American Friendship
At present, relations between Russia and the United States can hardly be described as very friendly. There are a lot of controversy and criticism from both sides, which we can see every day in the pages of various newspapers and magazines. The current "hot" topic for the controversy between them is Syria. But there were times when the relations of these countries were much better.
In modern times the history is not a popular subject among people, unfortunately. Everyone knows the famous phrases, that history teaches and that history is repeating itself. But modern man is more inclined to believe the political slogans, labels and clichés. However, he did not even try to verify whether the truth is told.
I recently read a very interesting view in the Russian online journal Sputnik & Pogrom about one important episode, which deals with relations between Russia and the United States in the mid-19th century.
During the Crimean War, when Russia fought against all the powers of Europe, the U.S. became the only major country which supported the Russian Empire. The Americans even sent volunteers to the besieged Sevastopol - more than thirty highly skilled American surgeons saved the life of Russian soldiers in a beleaguered Russian fortress, under the incessant shelling of the British and French troops.
Historical note: The Crimean War (October 1853 – February 1856) was a conflict between the Russian Empire and an alliance of the French Empire, the British Empire, the Ottoman Empire, and the Kingdom of Sardinia. The war was part of a long-running contest between the major European powers for influence over territories of the declining Ottoman Empire. Most of the conflict took place on the Crimean Peninsula, but there were smaller campaigns in western Anatolia, Caucasus, the Baltic Sea, the Pacific Ocean and the White Sea.Continued on the next page