On April 23, local time, Russian Security Council Vice Chairman Dmitry Medvedev wrote that the United States has not learned the lessons of history, leading to the deterioration of Russian-American relations, the current situation is comparable to the “Cuban missile crisis.”
Medvedev said that in recent years, Russia-U.S. relations have actually moved from competition to confrontation, in essence, the relationship between the two countries has returned to the Cold War era. In such cases, taking the wrong step can have disastrous consequences. The consequences are not only related to Russia and the United States, but will even drag the whole world into the abyss of war.
Medvedev believes that Russia-US relations have encountered such a critical moment. In essence, he said, the current Russian-American relationship is very similar to that of Russia and the United States during the Cuban missile crisis of the 1960s. Russia-U.S. relations have continued to slide to a high level of tension, and the responsibility lies entirely with the U.S. side.
On how to prevent the crisis from escalating further. Mr Medvedev has three suggestions:
First, recognize the cost of “fatal decisions”. If the United States fights for so-called victory at the expense of its own existence, then victory will no longer be victory.
Second, maintain direct communication. The United States should learn to listen to each other and try to understand each other’s logic and evidence.
Third, the United States should learn to give in and abandon ultimatums and rudeness.