Mikhail Gorbachev has warned that a new arms race means “the nuclear to take once again seems real” as he stated it “looks as if the world is preparing for war”.
The former Soviet leader called on Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin to work together to take steps to reduce the world’s nuclear arsenal. “Politicians and military leaders sound increasingly belligerent and defence doctrines more dangerous. Commentators and TV personalities are joining the bellicose chorus. It all looks as if the world is preparing for war he wrote in an article for Time magazine Mr Gorbachev said the US and Russian presidents should champion a resolution at the UN Security Council to guard against a nuclear conflict.
“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,” he wrote.
During his presidential campaign, Mr Trump said he was open to more countries, such as Japan and Saudi Arabia, developing nuclear weapons.
He tweeted in December: “The United States must greatly strengthen and expand its nuclear capability until such time as the world comes to its senses regarding nukes.”
In an interview with MSNBC on the same day, he said: “Let it be an arms race. We will outmatch them at every pass and outlast them all.”
Mr Gorbachev, who detailed his own efforts at denuclearisation during the dying days of the Cold War in the 1980s, issued a stark warning of a world where weapons of mass destruction were becoming cheaper and more readily available.
While state budgets are struggling to fund people’s essential social needs, military spending is growing,” Gorbachev wrote “Money is easily found for sophisticated weapons whose destructive power is comparable to that of the weapons of mass destruction; for submarines whose single salvo is capable of devastating half a continent; for missile defense systems that undermine strategic stability.”
Gorbachev urged the United Nations Security Council to adopt a resolution stating that “nuclear war is unacceptable and must never be fought,” and said the initiative to sign it should come from Trump and Putin.