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    'History Does Not Repeat': Berlin Sees No New Cold War Between West, Russia

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    The German government does not believe that a new Cold War has been going on between the West and Russia, German government spokesman Steffen Seibert said during a briefing Monday.

    BERLIN (Sputnik) – The statement comes as Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev’s statement at the Munich Security Conference last Saturday that NATO’s stance toward Russia indicated a slide toward cold war-level relations.

    “No, the government does not share this assessment, history doesn’t repeat,” Seibert said.

    Medvedev explained his statement in an interview with the Time magazine, where he said that NATO's actions pushed the world closer to a new cold war, but no war was happening yet.

    Earlier in the day, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said Monday she did not notice any sign of a Сold War between Russia and the West.
    Russia has been concerned about NATO building up its military presence in Europe since 2014. The 28-nation bloc has justified pulling troops and hardware to Eastern Europe by Russia’s alleged role in the Ukrainian crisis.


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