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29 January 2015
Ex-Soviet leader Gorbachev warns new Cold War between Russia, West could spark fighting
Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev says the confrontation between Russia and the West could spill into all-out war
MOSCOW—Ex-Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev says the confrontation between Russia and the West could spill into all-out war.
More than 5,100 people have been killed in a bloody conflict in eastern Ukraine between government troops and pro-Russian separatists. Ukraine accuses Russia of aiding the separatists while Russia says the West is behind Ukraine’s attempts to retake the rebel-held areas.
Gorbachev, in comments to the Interfax news agency, said Thursday the West has “dragged” Russia into a new Cold War and warned of risks of a military confrontation:
“I can no longer say that this Cold War will not lead to a ‘Hot War.’ I fear that they could risk it,” he was quoted as saying.
Gorbachev was one of the architects of the peaceful dismantling of communist rule in eastern Europe.