With tensions high over the Ukraine conflict and Russia's backing of the Syrian government, Medvedev said: “All that's left is an unfriendly policy of NATO against Russia.”
“We can say it even more clearly: We have slid into a new period of Cold War,” he said, speaking at the Munich security conference. “Almost every day we are accused of making new horrible threats either against NATO as a whole, against Europe, or against the US or other countries.”
Medvedev said Russian President Vladimir Putin told the same Munich conference in 2007 that the West's building of a missile defense system risked restarting the Cold War, and now “the picture is more grim; the developments since 2007 have been worse than anticipated”.
Medvedev criticised the expansion of NATO and EU influence deep into formerly Soviet-ruled eastern Europe since the end of the Cold War.
It appears that the US establishment managed to bring the new cold war: