During the Cold War the ussr would have jumped at the chance.
In 1954, as we all now know, Crimea became part of Ukraine (staying within the ussr).
In 1954, Cartier-Bresson was the first Western reporter allowed into the ussr since 1947.
also U.S.S.R., initialism of Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, by 1926.
Official name of the former Soviet Union.