Former Soviet leader and 1990 Nobel Peace Prize-winner, Mikhail Gorbachev, stated recently, “It all looks as if the world is preparing for war.”
The 85-year-old recently wrote an opinion piece in Time Magazine.
“More troops, tanks and armored personnel carriers are being brought to Europe,” Gorbachev wrote. “NATO and Russian forces and weapons that used to be deployed at a distance are now placed closer to each other, as if to shoot point-blank.”
He added, “Politicians and military leaders sound increasingly belligerent and defense doctrines more dangerous. Commentators and TV personalities are joining the bellicose chorus. It all looks as if the world is preparing for war.”
According to NBC, Gorbachev’s article comes after recent suggestions by President Donald Trump to expand America’s nuclear weapons. In addition, NBC reports Trump may lift the recent sanctions on Russia, initially enforced by Barack Obama.
“While state budgets are struggling to fund people’s essential social needs, military spending is growing,” Gorbachev said. “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 suggested NATO create a resolution that deems nuclear war “unacceptable,” and added, “Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump be the first to sign.”
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