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Ex-Soviet leader Gorbachev warns of risk of new Cold War turning ‘hot’

Ex-Soviet leader Gorbachev warns of risk of new Cold War turning ‘hot’

January 29, 2015

MOSCOW, Jan 29 — The last Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev today accused the United States of drawing Russia into a new Cold War and said he feared hostilities could escalate into armed conflict. The United States “has already drawn us into a new Cold War, trying openly to achieve its main idea of triumphalism,” Gorbachev said in an interview with the Interfax news agency. “Where will that lead all of us? A Cold War is already being waged openly. What’s next?” asked the 83-year-old... Read more

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