Gorbachev: All indications of Cold War are there

Gorbachev: All indications of Cold War are thereMikhail Gorbachev has warned that the world could be heading for a new Cold War as tensions between Russia and the West continue to mount, The Independent said on Tuesday.

The 86-year-old former Soviet leader, who was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize for his role in the union’s dissolution, accused the U.S. and its allies of moving away from peace agreements on nuclear weapons and other central issues.

“The language of politicians and the top-level military personnel is becoming increasingly militant,” he told Germany’s Bild newspaper.

“The relationship between the big powers continues to worsen. This creates the impression that the world is preparing for a war. So all the indications of a Cold War are there,” he added.

Asked whether the situation could “turn hot”, Gorbachev cautioned that “anything is possible if we just keep watching, sit back and do nothing”.

The Soviet Union’s last leader, who has made several public warnings over rising tensions since last year, said that an arms race between Russia and the U.S. was “already in full swing”, citing the deployment of NATO troops in eastern Europe.

Gorbachev said he shared Donald Trump’s formerly stated view of the alliance as “obsolete”, calling for a political instead of military union to help improve relations and further peace.

Gorbachev dismissed fears over Russian military deployments in Crimea and eastern Ukraine as “propaganda” and said he trusted Vladimir Putin, while admitting that Russia was only “halfway” to democracy.

His remarks came amid heightened anti-U.S. sentiment in the country’s state-controlled media, which has performed a swift U-turn on its former adulation for Trump.
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