MOSCOW (Reuters) – A speech by Vice President Dick Cheney strongly critical of the Kremlin marks the start of a new Cold War that could drive Moscow away from its new-found Western allies, the Russian press said on Friday.
In shocked reaction to the harshest U.S. criticism of Moscow for years, commentators said Washington had created an anti-Russian cordon of Western-aligned states stretching from the Baltic almost to the Caspian Sea.
The Russian press agreed, comparing Cheney’s words to a 1946 speech by British statesman Winston Churchill in Fulton, Missouri, when he said Europe was divided by an “Iron Curtain.”
“Enemy at the Gates. Dick Cheney made a Fulton speech in Vilnius,” said business daily Kommersant’s front page headline.
“Vice President Dick Cheney made a keynote speech on relations between the West and Russia in which he practically established the start of the second Cold War … The Cold War has restarted, only now the front lines have shifted,” it said.
Many of us never thought the Cold War really ended.