Thursday 15 November 2018

Ex-Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev in plea to prevent new arms race

Mr Gorbachev said he hoped today’s leaders could build on his work with the late US president Ronald Reagan.

Then Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev with Margaret Thatcher in Downing Street (Martin Keene/PA)
Then Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev with Margaret Thatcher in Downing Street (Martin Keene/PA)

By Associated Press Reporter

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

Mr Gorbachev, 87, told reporters on 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.

Mr Gorbachev said that “I hope that the arms race could be stopped and we could continue the nuclear disarmament” that he and then US president Ronald Reagan initiated.

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A trigger for a nuclear weapon (Danny Lawson/PA)

He spoke after attending the Moscow premiere of a film made by Werner Herzog based on their conversations.

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

Mr Gorbachev led the Soviet Union from 1985 to 1991.

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