US and Russia Are Not in a New Cold War
A senior Russian official said Wednesday that Russia and the United States are not in a new Cold War despite existing tensions.
Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov denounced the US sanctions against Russia, but emphasized that the current tension “isn’t equivalent to confrontation that may spill into open conflict.”
Speaking to Japanese and Chinese media in remarks released by his ministry Wednesday, Mr. Ryabkov said “I don’t think that such confrontation is possible.”
He added that decades of experience have taught Moscow and Washington caution.
He argued that Russia’s response to the US sanctions has been “quite restrained and modest,” adding Moscow does not view relations with Washington as a Zero-sum game.
The Kremlin has responded to sanctions approved by the US Congress by ordering sharp cuts of US diplomatic personnel in Russia, which US President Donald Trump welcomed as “money savings.”