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Trump calls 1979 Russian invasion of Afghanistan reason for Soviet Union fall

Social media users and journalists mocked the "history lesson from Trump"
10:08, 3 January 2019

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The U.S. President Donald Trump stated that the participation of the Soviet troops in the Afghanistan war was the reason for the fall of the Soviet Union, as The Washington Post reported.

“Russia used to be the Soviet Union. Afghanistan made it Russia, because they went bankrupt fighting in Afghanistan. The reason Russia was in Afghanistan was because terrorists were going into Russia. They were right to be there. The problem is, it was a tough fight. And literally they went bankrupt; they went into being called Russia again, as opposed to the Soviet Union. You know, a lot of these places you’re reading about now are no longer part of Russia, because of Afghanistan,” Trump said.

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The news agency contests the statement of the President.

“The USSR invaded in 1979 and left a decade later, in 1989. The superpower dissolved shortly thereafter in 1991. But correlation is not causation. And Trump — who was using that anecdote to argue that the United States should pull out of Afghanistan and Syria — is really straining for causation here,” the news agency reads.

Related: Trump did not order to withdraw U.S. forces from Afghanistan, - White House

The news agency names a couple of the reasons for the fall of the Soviet Union, namely the oil prices decline and the Perestroika.

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