Former Russian leader Mikhail Gorbachev has given an ominous warning about what he sees as threatening signs of conflict emerging between the West and Russia. Speaking to German newspaper Bild the Nobel Peace prize winner said:
“All the indications of a Cold War are there.”
“The language of politicians and the top-level military personnel is becoming increasingly militant. Military doctrines are formulated increasingly harshly. The media picks up on all of this and adds fuel to the fire. The relationship between the big powers continues to worsen.”
Gorbachev speaks of these tensions – not in a future tense, but a present one:
“It is not merely imminent. In some places, it is already in full swing. Troops are being moved into Europe, including heavy equipment such as tanks and armored cars. It was not so long ago that NATO troops and Russian troops were stationed quite far away from each other. They now stand nose-to-nose.”
In the interview he speaks of the importance of repairing the Russian/German relationship. He also advises that the West:
“must take Russia seriously as a nation that deserves respect,”
adding that he wants the West to realize that:
“Russia is on the path to democracy. It’s half way between. There are approximately 30 emerging nations that are in transition and we are one of them.”
Worryingly Gorbachev warns against sanctions against Russia, as he says it turns the Russian people against the West and of this situation he says “anything could happen.”
Thanks to decades of suspicion and an escalating arms race between the then USSR and US, the 1980s were also a time of fear. At one stage both countries had so many nuclear weapons, the world could have been blown up many times over. Thank goodness for the relationship between Reagan and Gorbachev that eventually saw the disarming and diffusion of tensions.
Warnings against war need to be heard right now. As Sting wrote in the 1980s in his famous Cold War inspired song The Russians:
“There’s no such thing as a winnable war, it’s a lie we don’t believe anymore.”
Nuclear war means game over. With tensions rising in Syria, North Korea and Russia, this is a warning we must hear.
Russian media knows this and Russian news anchor Dmitry Kiselyov, who previously welcomed a Trump presidency has now said:
“The world is a hair’s breadth from nuclear war.
War can break out as a result of confrontation between two personalities; Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un. Both are dangerous, but who is more dangerous? Trump is.”
Again we are looking at history repeating itself. This is not a game, Trump now has war brewing on many fronts.
Right now we have to focus on diplomacy, diffusion, and everything we can do to avoid war.
Watch this report after Gorbachev wrote an opinion piece for Time magazine:
Sting wrote the song Russians in the midst of this war, unfortunately we see history repeating itself:
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