Mikhail Gorbachev once again warned of resurrection of the Cold War
The former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev once again warned of rising tensions between Russia and the United States and both countries not to return to the days of the Cold War.
“We have to banish war once and for all – the most important thing is to get rid of nuclear weapons,” said the 87-year-old Gorbachev Thursday in a cinema in Moscow, where he attended the premiere of the movie Meeting Gorbachev.
Last month, US President Donald Trump announced that the United States would withdraw from the INF disarmament treaty. Gorbachev signed that treaty in 1987 on behalf of the Soviet Union.
“The most dangerous thing would be to return to confrontation, the beginning of a new arms race, they are already talking about a nuclear war as something completely acceptable, it is being prepared, scenarios are being discussed,” says the former world leader.
Gorbachev, who suffers from health problems, did not speak, but had an assistant read out his speech.
Gorbachev became a leader of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union in 1985 and became president five years later. He fulfilled that function until the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, when the Cold War came to an end.