The old Cold War never got far out of the deep freeze

( CNN) The Kremlin’s remarks that relations with the West are at their “worst since the Cold War” imply that once there was actually a thaw.

It warmed up a little bit during Boris Yeltsin’s freewheeling presidency, as the Soviet Union’s assets were sliced up and sold off to savvy Westerners and their nouveau riche Russian partners.

But Russia’s clandestine intelligence services, the KGB and their successors the FSB, never let old grievances with the West slide or built meaningful trust.

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