World at ‘dan­ger­ous point’ warns ex-Soviet leader Gor­bachev

The Myanmar Times - - World -

FOR­MER Soviet leader Mikhail Gor­bachev warned yes­ter­day that the world had reached a “dan­ger­ous point” as ten­sions be­tween Rus­sia and the United States have spiked over the Syria con­flict.

Re­la­tions be­tween Moscow and Wash­ing­ton – al­ready at their low­est since the Cold War over the Ukraine con­flict – have soured fur­ther in re­cent days as the US pulled the plug on Syria talks and ac­cused Rus­sia of hack­ing at­tacks.

The Krem­lin mean­while has sus­pended a se­ries of nu­clear pacts, in­clud­ing a sym­bolic co­op­er­a­tion deal to cut stocks of weapons-grade plu­to­nium.

“I think the world has reached a dan­ger­ous point,” Mr Gor­bachev, 85, told RIA Novosti.

“I don’t want to give any con­crete pre­scrip­tions but I do want to say that this needs to stop. We need to re­new di­a­logue. Stop­ping it was the big­gest mis­take.”

As the last leader of the Soviet Union, Mr Gor­bachev over­saw an eas­ing of decades of ten­sions with the West that helped to end the Cold War.

He inked sev­eral land­mark nu­clear dis­ar­ma­ment deals with Wash­ing­ton aimed at de­fus­ing the stand-off be­tween the two su­per­pow­ers.

“It is nec­es­sary to re­turn to the main pri­or­i­ties. Th­ese are nu­clear dis­ar­ma­ment, the fight against ter­ror­ism, the pre­ven­tion of an en­vi­ron­men­tal dis­as­ter,” he said.

“Com­pared to th­ese chal­lenges, all the rest slips into the back­ground.”

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