Gorbachev on US-Russia Tensions: "We May Not Live through These Days"
In an op-ed published by Rossiyskaya Gazeta, Mikhail Gorbachev calls for a summit between US and Russia in order to prevent a new cold war
This article originally appeared at NBC
MOSCOW — Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev called on Wednesday for a U.S.-Russia summit to be convened to prevent a deep freeze in Moscow's relations with the West over the Ukraine crisis.
Gorbachev, whose policy of "perestroika" played a role in ending the Cold War, warned of potentially dire consequences if tensions were not reduced.
The diplomatic standoff over Ukraine is the worst between Moscow and the West since the Cold War ended more than two decades ago. The United States, NATO and the European Union accuse Russia of sending troops and weapons to support a separatist uprising in eastern Ukraine, and have imposed sanctions on Moscow. Russia denies providing the rebels with military support and fends off Western criticism of its annexation of Crimea in March, saying the Crimean people voted for it in a referendum.
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