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The complex dynamics of the region, including Ukraine wanting to be part of Nato Relations between Moscow and Washington are approaching the level seen during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis
Published on April 28, 2021 11:04 AM

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Service members of the Russian airborne forces get wait before boarding Ilyushin Il-76 transport planes during drills at a military aerodrome in the Azov Sea port of Taganrog, Russia, April 22 2021. Picture: REUTERS
On Russia's popular weekly television news show Vesti Nedeli, host Dmitry Kiselyov said last Sunday that relations between Moscow and Washington are approaching the level seen during the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis.

Such comments might easily be dismissed abroad as hyperbole by an outspoken television anchorman. But the remarks by Kiselyov, who heads the state-owned Rossiya Segodnya news agency and was sanctioned by the EU for his role in Russia's seizure of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, point to an awkward truth.

Relations between Moscow and the West are now at their worst since the Cold War, with multiple avenues for possible escalation.

Thursday's announcement that Russia would start pulling back some of its troops from close to Ukraine's border after what it said was a "combat-readiness check" may reduce fears of short-term conflict.


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