State Dept. Denies New Cold War With RussiaWashington disagrees with former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev that the United States is in another Cold war with Russia, which might turn into a “hot” one, spokesperson for the US Department of State Jen Psaki told journalists. “We disagree,” Psaki said Thursday about Gorbachev’s comments, stressing that the United States continues to work with Russia on various issues including Iran, Syria, and Ukrainian conflict. “We have discussions about a range of issues, even the tensions on the ground in the Middle East. That’s continuing.” The spokesperson noted that Washington’s intention is to “bring an end to illegal actions that are happening in Ukraine.” “That’s why we continue to work with the Europeans to put in place more consequences,” she said. Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias talks to the media as he arrives at an extraordinary European Union foreign ministers meeting in Brussels January 29, 2015. Kotzias stoked a brewing row with European partners over sanctions against Russia on Thursday, saying Athens would not be pushed into agreement because of its impending debt negotiations. Gorbachev said on Thursday that the United States has already dragged Russia into a new Cold War, trying to openly implement its idea of triumphalism. He also suggested that the Cold War might evolve into the “hot.” The relations between Russia and the West started to deteriorate in 2014, triggered by the Ukrainian conflict. Moscow has repeatedly expressed its willingness to promote a peaceful dialogue and to cooperate with its partners on the basis of mutual respect. More