For­mer Soviet leader Gor­bachev calls for pre­vent­ing new arms race

Medicine Hat News - - WORLD -

MOSCOW For­mer Soviet leader Mikhail Gor­bachev says ef­forts must be taken to pre­vent a new arms race.

Gor­bachev, 87, told re­porters Thurs­day that Moscow and Wash­ing­ton should fo­cus on mend­ing their rift and im­prov­ing their re­la­tion­ship, one he de­scribed as the most im­por­tant in the world.

Gor­bachev said that “I hope that the arms race could be stopped and we could con­tinue the nu­clear dis­ar­ma­ment” that he and U.S. Pres­i­dent Ron­ald Rea­gan ini­ti­ated. He spoke af­ter at­tend­ing the Moscow pre­mier of a film made by Werner Her­zog based on their con­ver­sa­tions.

U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump an­nounced last month that he in­tends to opt out of the In­ter­me­di­ate-Range Nu­clear Forces (INF) Treaty that Gor­bachev and Rea­gan signed in 1987 over al­leged Rus­sian vi­o­la­tions.

Gor­bachev led the Soviet Union from 1985 to 1991.

Mikhail Gor­bachev

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