Russian aggressions prompt 'a new Cold War' in rhetoric only


Call them provocations, aggressions or mere maneuvers, but the actions by Russia echo the bygone Cold War, ended a quarter century ago, analysts say.

Consider this year alone: Russian leader Vladimir Putin announces he's adding more nuclear missiles and is building a new generation of non-nuclear ones that could strike U.S. soil. Also, Russia's military intervenes in Syria, more than year after it annexed Crimea in Ukraine.

Then there's the Russian submarines triggering U.S. alarms as they near undersea cables, the Russian warship in waters off the U.S. East Coast, and this week's Russian reconnaissance planes in the Pacific flying too close to the USS Ronald Reagan -- whose namesake president is credited with ending the Cold War.

It's enough to raise a question as provocative as Russia's conduct itself: Are shades of a new Cold War emerging?

"In recent months, press reports and pundits alike have been all too eager to call the current conflict with Russia the 'Second Cold War,'" wrote American Foreign Policy Council research associate Dmytro Hryckowian.

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