Russia wanted to join the NATO in 1954

According to several Western publications (see section Sources below), the Soviet Union tried to avoid the Cold War by, among other things, proposing that the Soviet Union joins the NATO.

If this proposal would be taken seriously, we probably wouldn’t have the consequences of the Cold War, such as socialism in Eastern Europe and proxy wars like in Korea and Vietnam.

Sources

  1. The Guardian (PDF)
  2. National Interest (PDF)
  3. Wilson Center (PDF) — here you can find the translation of the Soviet document
  4. Image of Vyacheslav Molotov is in public domain (Dutch National Archives, The Hague, Fotocollectie Algemeen Nederlands Persbureau (ANEFO), 1945-1989 bekijk toegang 2.24.01.04 Bestanddeelnummer 900-8982)