Mikhail Gorbachev, the last president of the USSR, cautioned on Friday that the world moves fast at a dangerous time during merging politics with military forces and urged Moscow and Washington to negotiate on a nuclear arms race.
“There are dangerous trends – they are all in plain sight. I would single out two. They are the disregard for international law and the militarization of world politics,” Gorbachev said.
US President Donald Trump officially withdrew from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty in August because Moscow breached the terms. However, Moscow denies it.
There is only one treaty between the United State and Russia left, the New START treaty, which ends in 2021. It restricts a deal of strategic nuclear warheads that could be blown out between two major parties. Moscow is eager to prolong the pact on the condition that it looks over the issues. Washington offers to start a new one when the New START treaty expires
Gorbachev, who at his time helped to cease the Cold War, believes that talks between countries should be held as urgent as possible.
“…It turned out this treaty was the most important pillar of strategic stability. We need talks so that its destruction does not exacerbate the threat of war,” said Gorbachev.
Natalia Veselnitskaya – official website