The United States and Russia are approaching "a second Cold War," and President Barack Obama is to blame for the deteriorating relations between the countries, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said.
In an interview with Bloomberg Television
, Medvedev said Russia is preparing retaliatory steps in response to the sanctions the United States imposed on the country due to the escalation of conflict in Ukraine.
"We are slowly but surely moving toward a second Cold War, which no one needs," Medvedev said. "Why am I saying this? Because a competent politician knows how to make reserved, careful subtle, wise, and intelligent decisions, which, I believe, Mr. Obama succeeded at for awhile."
Medvedev did not elaborate on the details of possible Russian action.
"We haven’t especially commented on" sanctions "or responded to them harshly, although we could do something unpleasant or offensive to those countries that are introducing these sanctions."
Medvedev also blamed Obama, his onetime partner in a reset of relations, for a lack of "political tact," Bloomberg reported.
"What is being done now, unfortunately, proves that the U.S. administration has run out of these resources," Medvedev said.
"By enacting such sanctions, our U.S. and European partners are destroying the very fabric of international relations. Are they trying to scare us? This will lead nowhere."
He added, "Once a new administration comes to power in the United States and a new president takes office after Obama, these sanctions will be forgotten. In the end, nobody stands to win."
Medvedev's comments come one day after Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered Russian troops along Ukraine's border
to pull out and return to their bases, Bloomberg reported.
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