The world is in & # 39; colossal danger & # 39; and must destroy all nuclear weapons to save humanity
The world is in & # 39; colossal danger & # 39; and must destroy all nuclear weapons to save humanity & # 39; and the planet & # 39; warns former Russian leader Mikhail Gorbachev
- The former Soviet president said that the tensions remain high if nuclear weapons exist
- Gorbachev described Russia and the Western relationship as & # 39; chilly, but still a war & # 39;
- In his career he ended an arms race with the US that was recently abandoned
Former Russian leader Mikhail Gorbachev has warned that the world in & # 39; colossal danger & # 39; and must destroy all nuclear weapons to save the planet and humanity.
The former Soviet president said that the tension between Russia and the West remains high as long as weapons of mass destruction exist.
In an interview with the BBC, he said: & As long as there are weapons of mass destruction, mainly nuclear weapons, the danger is enormous. & # 39;
& # 39; All countries must declare that nuclear weapons must be destroyed. This is to save ourselves and the planet. & # 39;
Former Russian leader Mikhail Gorbachev has warned that the world is in & # 39; colossal danger & # 39; and must destroy all nuclear weapons to save humanity and the planet
Gorbachev's greatest achievement was the ending of an arms competition that he signed with US President Ronald Reagan in 1987 and lasted more than 30 years and was credited with helping to end the Cold War.
The historic pact fell apart recently when Washington and Moscow tore the agreement that helped secure three decades of peace between the superpowers.
Gorbachev described the impasse between Russia and the West as & # 39; chilly, but still a war & # 39; and said: & # 39; There are skirmishes, shooting is taking place, planes and ships are sent here and everywhere.
& # 39; This is not the kind of situation we want. & # 39;
The 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty by then-US President Reagan and Soviet leader Gorbachev restricted the use of medium-range missiles, both conventional and nuclear.
Both parties had announced their intention to withdraw from the Cold War missile pact for months and to exchange allegations of breaking the terms of the deal.
President Reagan (left) with Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev during welcome ceremonies at the White House on the first day of their disarmament summit on December 8, 1987
The Russian Foreign Ministry says that there is no longer enough time to prepare a new nuclear weapons treaty with the US before the only one left.
Vladimir Leontyev, the Foreign Ministry official, feared a new Cold War arms race between the two world powers on Friday when he said it would not be possible to replace the new START treaty before it expires in 2021.
New START, which limits the number of large-scale nuclear bombs that Russia and the US can deploy, is the only nuclear pact left between the two powers after Donald Trump tore up the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty earlier this year.
Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev signed the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces treaty in 1987, but the US walked away from the deal on Friday
The INF, signed by Ronald Reagan and Mikhail Gorbachev and was the key to ending the Cold War, prohibited the development of small-scale nuclear bombs.
America said at the time that Russia was already in violation of the treaty and had to withdraw to counter the threat.
Trump & # 39; s government has also previously complained that China has not signed an agreement and has developed a large number of new weapons that threaten US allies in the Asia-Pacific region.
Trump & # 39; s government also previously complained that China did not sign an agreement and developed a large number of new weapons that threaten US allies in the Asia-Pacific region
Trump has said that he wants to negotiate a new treaty with Russia, and Putin has also indicated that he wants to conclude a new pact – but no summit is planned.
Leontyev said the two parties talked about New START for a year, although he adds that they have only agreed & # 39; a simplified version of an earlier treaty & # 39 ;.
& # 39; There are no new main issues. Now, however, there are some issues that require a very serious preparatory groundwork at expert level & he added.
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