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German Foreign Minister And Former MI6 Boss: US-Russia Tensions Now More Dangerous Than During the Cold War

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  • German Foreign Minister And Former MI6 Boss: US-Russia Tensions Now More Dangerous Than During the Cold War
    by WashingtonsBlog 
    Germany’s Foreign Minister – Frank-Walter Steinmeier – wrote earlier this month that tension between the US and Russia is worse than during the Cold War:

    It’s a fallacy to think that this is like the Cold War. The current times are different and more dangerous.

    The head of Britain’s intelligence service, MI6 – Sir John Sawyers – agreed yesterday:

    We are moving into an era that is as dangerous, if not more dangerous, as the cold war because we do not have that focus on a strategic relationship between Moscow and Washington.

    Similarly, the former director of the MacArthur Foundation’s Russia office, Igor Zevelev, notes:

    Indeed, it’s not a Cold War. It’s a much more dangerous and unpredictable situation.

    Washington’s Blog asked one of America’s top experts on Russia, Stephen Cohen – professor emeritus of Russian studies and politics at New York University and Princeton University, and the author of a number of books on Russia and the Soviet Union – whether he thought these statements were over-the-top.

    Cohen responded that they are accurate … and that he’s been saying the same thing since before Russia annexed Crimea in 2014. This is even more dramatic when you realize that the U.S. and Soviets came within seconds of all-out nuclear war on numerous occasions during the Cold War. And only the courage of U.S. and Soviet individuals to say no when their superiors told them to fire nuclear weapons – in the face of mistaken readings – saved the planet from nuclear war.

    And many experts warn that we’re drifting towards nuclear war today.   Indeed, former U.S. Secretary of Defense William Perry said in February:

    The likelihood of a nuclear catastrophe today is greater than it was during the Cold War.

    Postscript: The American government and mainstream media cast all of the blame on Russia. But many top U.S. diplomats and intelligence officials disagree (and see this).

    The American Russia expert Stephen Cohen says that every Russian act which the U.S. describes as “aggressive” is actually a defensive response to an aggressive act by the U.S.

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