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    Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev said that relations between Russia and the West have entered a new phase, which could be described as "cold peace."

    STRASBOURG (Sputnik) The relations between Russia and the West have entered a new phase, which could be described as "cold peace," where nobody wants a military conflict, but the rhetoric resembles those of the Cold War, Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev said Tuesday.

    "We have entered a phase which I call cold peace, it is peace because nobody wants to have a war, and nobody wants to go back to Cold War time. But it is cold peace, because unfortunately we are seeing elements, rhetoric, propaganda from the Cold War times," Plevneliev said, addressing the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.

    According to the Bulgarian president, the "game" in Europe has changed due to the Ukrainian crisis.

    Relations between Russia and Western states, including the United States and the European Union, deteriorated in 2014 amid the crisis in Ukraine, when the West accused Moscow of fueling the conflict and imposed several rounds of sanctions against Russia. Kremlin has consistently denied the allegations.

    In response, Russia announced a one-year food embargo in August 2014 on some products originating in states that imposed anti-Moscow sanctions. The ban has been extended for another year since then.


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