Russian Prime Minister Medvedev Warns of "A Second Cold War that Nobody Needs"
May 21, 2014 • 4:03PM

The Russian government, as the saying goes, knows what time it is, and have again warned that the current trajectory is taking the world towards another global confrontation. Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev gave an interview to Bloomberg yesterday in which he warned that "We are slowly but surely approaching a second Cold War that nobody needs." He blamed this, in part, on President Obama's provocative behavior: "I believe that President Obama could be more tactful politically... Some decisions taken by the U.S. administration are disappointing."

Medvedev went on to specifically criticize the sanctions imposed on Russia by the U.S. and other countries. "Let's be honest, the sanctions are a sharp knife for European business, and American business doesn't need them either," adding: ``You probably noticed that we have not commented on them a great deal or responded to them harshly, although we probably could cause some unpleasantries for the countries that are imposing those sanctions."

Also on May 20, Russia's Strategic Rocket Forces carried out a successful launch of a Topol/SS-25 ICBM from their Kapustin Yar test site. They had done previous ICBM test launches last December and in March of this year.