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Gorbachev warns of risk of armed conflict in new Cold War

The last Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev on Friday accused the United States of drawing Russia into a new Cold War and said he feared hostilities could escalate into armed conflict.

Moscow: The last Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev on Friday accused the United States of drawing Russia into a new Cold War and said he feared hostilities could escalate into armed conflict.

"America... has already drawn us into a new Cold War," Gorbachev said in an interview with the Interfax news agency. "Unfortunately I can`t say for sure that a Cold War won`t lead to a `hot` one. I fear they could take the risk."