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Ukraine: Mikhail Gorbachev Criticizes NATO

Translated Tuesday 18 November 2014, by Gene Zbikowski

Gorbachev accused the NATO countries, in barely veiled terms, of wanting to draw Russia “into a new cold war.”

Reacting to the sudden deterioration of the situation in Ukraine, and doing so while the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall was being celebrated, Mikhail Gorbachev, the last president of the Soviet Union, accused the NATO countries, in barely veiled terms, of wanting to draw Russia “into a new cold war. We see new walls. In Ukraine, they [the NATO countries – editor’s note] want to dig an enormous ditch.” he stated.

Violent fighting with heavy weapons took place between the Kiev forces and Ukrainian separatists in the Donetsk region in the night of Nov. 8-9, fighting which, according to Kiev, resulted in the deaths of eight government soldiers.

For its part, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) stated on the evening of Nov. 8 that it is “very worried” by the presence of military convoys (over 40 tanks and trucks) in the separatist-controlled eastern Ukraine.


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