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Russian PM says Moscow and West on verge of 'second Cold War'

Published on May 20, 2014 9:21 PM
 
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said in an interview broadcast  on Tuesday, May 20, 2014, that Russia and Western powers are on the brink of a new Cold War over the crisis in Ukraine. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

MOSCOW (AFP) - Russia and Western powers are on the brink of a new Cold War over the crisis in Ukraine, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said in an interview broadcast on Tuesday.

"Basically we are slowly but surely approaching a second Cold War that nobody needs," Mr Medvedev said in an interview with Bloomberg Television that was also published on the Russian government's website.

The Russian premier slammed US President Barack Obama's response to the Ukraine crisis, saying he regretted that Washington had undone years of work in improving relations during the "reset" between the two countries.

"I believe President Obama could be more tactful politically in discussing those issues," Mr Medvedev said in the interview recorded on Monday in his country residence.

 
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