"We have slid into a new period of Cold War," Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev told the audience at the Munich Security Conference Saturday. "Almost every day we are accused of making new horrible threats either against NATO as a whole, against Europe or against the US or other countries," he said.
Medvedev warned of grave consequences for the West if it didn’t cooperate with Russia in Syria and elsewhere. The West faced a stark choice: cooperate with Russia on common interests such as fighting terrorism and ensuring stability in the Middle East—or face a permanent, global conflict, the Russian prime minister said.
DEBKAfile: Friday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, referring to the Syrian war, said: “I call this struggle a third world war by other means.” He was comparing the war Russia was leading against Islamic extremist terror in Syria to Russia’s WWII battle against the Nazis in Europe.