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Current relationship between Russia & US is, in some ways, worse than during Cuban Missile Crisis, says former President Medvedev

Today's relationship between Moscow and Washington is, in some respects, worse than the most challenging moments of the Cold War, because the US believes that Russia is declining and doesn't see it as a force to be reckoned with.

That's according to former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, who currently serves as deputy chairman of the country's Security Council.

“I'm not talking about a situation like the Cuban Missile Crisis, when everything was hanging by a thread at all,” he told Moscow daily Kommersant, in comments published on Tuesday. “But in some ways, the current situation is worse. And it is worse because our partners assume that Russia can be neglected.”

The former president noted that, in the past, the US believed that the Soviet Union was not a friend, but an adversary to be taken seriously.

“And now they believe, at least for the time being, that Russia is a dying country. That [Russia] can be disregarded and can be neglected in foreign policy discourse, and that is why they have made many mistakes,” he said.

In his opinion, Western nations have let power go to their head, especially since the collapse of the Warsaw Pact in 1991. But, even before that, foreign countries were not as willing to escalate with Moscow as they are today, he says.

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