Rice: No new Cold War in Russian-US ties

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Monday that it is "not any easy" time in Russia-US relations, but that the tensions do not amount to a new Cold War. "I don't throw around terms like 'new Cold War,'" Rice said as she began a visit to Moscow amid growing tensions underlined by President Vladimir Putin's increasing criticism of the United States. "It is a big, complicated relationship, but it is not one that is anything like the implacable hostility" that clouded ties beteen the United States and the Soviet Union.