(AP) The confrontation between Moscow and the West could spill into all-out war, former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev said as European officials gathered Thursday to discuss tougher sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine conflict.
More than 5,100 people have been killed in a bloody conflict in eastern Ukraine between government troops and pro-Russian separatists. Ukraine accuses Russia of aiding the separatists, while Russia says the West is behind Ukraine’s attempts to retake the rebel-held areas.
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Gorbachev, in comments to the Interfax news agency, said Thursday the West has “dragged” Russia into a new Cold War and warned of risks of a military confrontation.