Date
21 September 2017
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev says Russia may respond to sanctions by US and its allies. Photo: Bloomberg
Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev says Russia may respond to sanctions by US and its allies. Photo: Bloomberg

Russia warns of new cold war as troops begin Ukraine pullout

As Russia announced its troops are pulling back from Ukraine’s border, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev warned the United States and the European Union that their actions are provoking a new Cold War, Bloomberg News reported Wednesday.

Russian state television said Tuesday that soldiers in three Russian regions bordering Ukraine have started to return to their bases, but the US and Ukraine said they have not yet seen signs of the pullback.

“We are slowly but surely moving toward a second Cold War, which no one needs,” Medvedev told Bloomberg Television on Monday, in reaction to moves by the US and its allies to impose sanctions on Russia. 

“We haven’t responded to [sanctions] harshly, although we could do something unpleasant or offensive to those countries that are introducing these sanctions,” Medvedev said at his residence outside Moscow.

After annexing Crimea in March, Russia has been accused by the government in Kiev and its allies of fomenting unrest in the mostly Russian-speaking east of Ukraine, according to Bloomberg. President Vladimir Putin has pledged to pull back Russian troops on the Ukrainian border after Kiev officials sought a dialogue with the eastern regions, easing tensions before Ukraine’s presidential election this Sunday.

Rear Admiral John Kirby, a Pentagon spokesman, told reporters Tuesday there’s no sign Russian soldiers are pulling back, echoing comments by officials from Ukraine and NATO.

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