After the implementation of the Marshall Plan followed by the formation of NATO, the USSR feared that the principles of Communism were under grave danger. Essentially considering these to be a threat to its peace and security, the Soviet Union signed the Warsaw Pact alongside various other nations in order to establish a strong opposing front. According to the treaty, one of the underlying premises of this pact was, “…Western Germany, which is being remilitarized, and her inclusion in the North Atlantic bloc, which increases the danger of a new war and creates a threat to the national security of peace-loving states.” Showing minimal hesitation in protection of its interests, the mutual defence organisation thus empowered the Soviet Union with the armed forces of its member states. The possibility of a threat kept the members of the Warsaw Pact on high alert, especially due to the increasing disparity between either blocs. The Pact was put to test in the events of Able Archer 83, which went on to define the later half of the Cold War.
Emergency Meeting of the Warsaw Pact- Political Consultative Committee on the 31st of October 1983.