The United States "has already drawn us into a new Cold War, trying openly to achieve its main idea of triumphalism," Gorbachev said in an interview with the Interfax news agency.
"Unfortunately I cannot say for sure that a Cold War won't lead to a 'hot' one. I fear they could take the risk," Gorbachev said, apparently referring to the United States.
"All you hear is about sanctions towards Russia from America and the European Union. Have they totally lost their heads?" Gorbachev asked.