- Relations between the great powers have been going from bad to worse for several years now. It looks as if the world is preparing for war, warns the Soviet Union's last president, Mikhail Gorbachev.
Through his policy of perestroika and glasnost, he contributed to the end of the Soviet Union and thus the end of the Cold War. In 1990 Gorbachev received the Nobel Peace Prize for his role in the upheavals in the Eastern Bloc.
In an article in Time Magazine the former powerful head of state warns against the ongoing and intensified arms race, new troop movements and lack of dialogue between potential enemies.
"The nuclear threat once again seems real. Relations between the great powers have been going from bad to worse for several years now. The advocates for arms build-up and the military-industrial complex are rubbing their hands."
"We must break out of this situation. We need to resume political dialogue aiming at joint decisions and joint action. There is a view that the dialogue should focus on fighting terrorism. This is indeed an important, urgent task. But, as a core of a normal relationship and eventually partnership, it is not enough."
Gorbachev believes the solution to avoid a potential disaster must come from Trump and Putin.
"I think the initiative to adopt such a resolution should come from Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin — the Presidents of two nations that hold over 90% of the world’s nuclear arsenals and therefore bear a special responsibility."
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