This is entirely symbolic but it's worthwhile to reflect on how much the world has changed in the past 20 years. I'm sure you're aware of how important I think the Soviet Union's collapse was for world politics, the presence of American troops in a parade like this is a pretty meaningful symbol of just how much things have changed. Despite the changes, this still seems hard for some Russians to accept. On the other side, I wonder how hard it is to accept for those that would have been advocating a completely different meaning of NATO boots on Red Square 20 years ago? Individual's attitudes are hard to change, it's good to see the world moving forward despite this.
While we still have our differences with the Russian government on a social and culture level the changes are truly breathtaking. Perhaps we can continue to hope for even better relations in the coming years?