The existing tension between Russia and the United States have prompted many analysts and officials to believe that Cold War is just around the corner. Furthermore, Russian President Vladimir Putin has likened the situation against the U.S. and NATO to the Nazi Germany. Is war really coming?
Cold War Policies Coming
It is evident that the United States and NATO have partnered against Russia as tensions along its borders and the European region continue to rise. During this address to the Russian State Duma, Putin compared the current situation of the Nazi Germany’s aggression. Such aggression resulted to 30 million Soviet citizens losing their lives. The president also reminded people that Western commentary often fails to remember such fundamental fact.
“In that way, the significance of NATO’s current military buildup – what else is that but aggression? – on Russian territory is all too often absent in Western media. And, by extension, Western public appreciation is lacking on how sinister the unfolding situation is,” as Sputnik quoted in its report. It is also evident that the west has been trying to subdue Russia but has failed repeatedly.
New Rules for Russia
As if to reiterate the pending Cold War-like era, RT reports that the Senate Intelligence Committee has started supporting a bill to reinstate a Cold War-era that will look into Russia’s “covert influence.” Furthermore, the bill will crack down and limit travel of Russian diplomats on top of the exit from the Open Skies treaty.
According to the office of California Senator Dianne Feinstein, the said 2017 Intelligence Authorization Bill “requires the president to establish an interagency committee to counter Russian active measures.”
Additionally, Section 502 will mandate the FBI to look into all “requests by US-based Russian diplomats to travel 50 miles outside his or her official post.” The decision comes after an investigation that revealed some diplomats bending the rules.
“The Russians tend to notify State Department at 5pm on a Friday that they’re planning to go outside their 50 mile radius, and the State Department doesn’t want to be the bad guy [and say no],” explained State Department spokesperson Pooja Jhunjhunwala to Buzzfeed.
The official also added that the organization does not have the capacity to investigate travel plans which puts the West at a setback.
“We don’t have the kind of manpower the Russians do, to run 24/7 tails on everyone,” Jhunjhunwala said. “I don’t think a diplomat’s secretary could leave the [US] embassy [over there] without being followed.”