During the Vietnam War the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (U.S.S.R.), now known as Russia, aided the Vietnamese by giving roughly 8 Billion dollars to North Vietnam. North Vietnam turned around and used that money to buy supplies, such as: rice, weapons, and explosives; to fuel and empower the North to continue their effort to push out the French and Americans. Along with the 8 Billion, U.S.S.R. also sent some 3,000 troops to aid the Vietcong. In 1965, the soviet army shot down the very first American Air Plane in Vietnam. The U.S.S.R. also sent experience fighter jet pilots to shoot down American fighter jets and train the Vietnams to fly the MiG-21 which was also supplied to them.
When the U.S.S.R. invaded Afghanistan in December of 1979, they sent 3,000 troops in to with orders to assassinate Afghanistan’s Prime Minister Mohammad Daud Khan and control all cities and major roads. They accomplish this within 72 Hours of being inside Afghanistan. In the mid-1980s, the Mujahideen, local insurgence resistance fighters, were aided by the United States, Pakistan, and Saudi Arabia to push back the Soviet. The U.S. gave roughly 3 Billion dollars to train the Mujahideen and equip them with weapons. Throughout most of the war the Soviet were able to dominate the war because they controlled the air space. In 1968, the C.I.A gave at least 500 Stinger Missiles and 250 Launcher systems to the Mujahideen. This turned the tide of the war, pushing back the Soviets. Without air domination the Soviet were ultimately defeated and in the mid-1987 the U.S.S.R announced that it will began to withdraw its troops.
During both wars, no matter if it was the United States or the Soviet Union, both countries sought to stand in