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US dragging Russia into new Cold War which could get hot – Gorbachev

US dragging Russia into new Cold War which could get hot - Gorbachev

Former Soviet president, Mikhail Gorbachev has accused the US of dragging Russia into a new Cold War. He fears that the chill in relations could turn into an armed conflict.

In an interview with Interfax news agency, Gorbachev said “Plainly speaking, the US has already dragged us into a new Cold War, trying to openly implement its idea of triumphalism”

RT reports: The former USSR leader, whose name is associated with the end of the Cold War between the Soviet Union and the United States, is worried about the possible consequences.

“What’s next? Unfortunately, I cannot be sure that the Cold War will not bring about a ‘hot’ one. I’m afraid they might take the risk,” he said.

Gorbachev’s criticism of Washington comes as the West is pondering new sanctions against Russia, blaming it for the ongoing military conflict in eastern Ukraine, and alleging Moscow is sending troops to the restive areas. Russia has denied the allegations.

“All we hear from the US and the EU now is sanctions against Russia,” Gorbachev said. “Are they completely out of their minds? The US has been totally ‘lost in the jungle’ and is dragging us there as well.”

Gorbachev suggests the situation in the EU is “acute” with significant differences among politicians and different levels of prosperity among member nations.

“Part of the countries are alright, others – not so well, and many, including Germany, are excessively dependent on the US.”

Gorbachev was one of the architects responsible for the peaceful dismantling of communist rule in eastern Europe.