Such comments might easily be dismissed abroad as hyperbole by an outspoken television anchorman. But the remarks by Kiselyov, who heads the state-owned Rossiya Segodnya news agency and was sanctioned by the EU for his role in Russia's seizure of Crimea from Ukraine in 2014, point to an awkward truth.
Relations between Moscow and the West are now at their worst since the Cold War, with multiple avenues for possible escalation.
Thursday's announcement that Russia would start pulling back some of its troops from close to Ukraine's border after what it said was a "combat-readiness check" may reduce fears of short-term conflict.
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