Mikhail Gorbachev warns: 'Looks as if the world is preparing for war'

Former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev has said that "it all looks as if the world is preparing for war."

The comment was made in a recent op-ed for TIME magazine.

He says, "...no problem is more urgent today than the militarization of politics and the new arms race. Stopping and reversing this ruinous race must be our top priority."

Gorbachev then adds, "The current situation is too dangerous."

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And, after talking about a growing focus on military capabilities and an increase in verbal aggression among politicians and the media, he writes, "It all looks as if the world is preparing for war."

Gorbachev goes on to describe how the U.S. and Russia worked together in the late 80s to reduce their nuclear weapons arsenals because, in his words, "nuclear war is unacceptable."

He continues by saying, "Today, however, the nuclear threat once again seems real."

As the Washington Post reports, both President Trump and Russia's President Vladimir Putin have indicated an interest in potentially strengthening their respective nuclear capabilities.

As such, Gorbachev suggests that the U.N. Security Council convene a meeting with heads of states to "adopt a resolution stating that nuclear waris unacceptable and must never be fought."

The New York Times notes that Gorbachev "was named the 1990 winner of the Nobel Peace Prize...in recognition of his initiatives in promotion of international peace, including championing political change in Eastern Europe and helping to end the cold war."

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