Gorbachev Warns Of New Cold War

Ex-USSR leader Mikhail Gorbachev said a new Cold War is coming for the world and trust should be restored through dialogue with Russia. He said these words at an event to mark the 25th anniversary of the Berlin Wall falling on Sunday.

Gorbachev’s concern stems from tensions over Ukraine, which used to be part of the Soviet Union. More than 4,000 people have died since the conflict between Ukraine forces and pro-Russian separatists began in mid-April.

The region has had a ceasefire since September, but elections in rebel-held areas last week have stirred fear that fighting could escalate again.

Mikhail Gorbachev discusses a new Cold War because he had a large role in creating peaceful and more liberal conditions to end the Cold War. These conditions led to East Germany opening its borders and the Wall, which separated East and West Berlin, on Nov. 9, 1989.

Because of Gorbachev’s credibility, Western countries may agree with him. But if he is right, who’s to blame and how will they prevent it from happening?

Tensions aren’t nearly as high as they were during the Cuban missile crisis or the building of the Berlin Wall. However, Russia’s made it clear the country is not afraid to use its military, particularly in Crimea and eastern Ukraine. Additionally, NATO continues adding Western countries that build alliances against Russian expansion.

Gorbachev raised valid concerns during his speech. “Bloodshed in Europe and the Middle East against the backdrop of a breakdown in dialogue between the major powers is of enormous concern…The world is on the brink of a new Cold War. Some are even saying it’s already begun.”

The ex-USSR leader contributes part of this breakdown in dialogue to western “triumphalism” after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.

He encouraged the West to lift sanctions against Russia and restore the dialogue that has been broken.

Do you think Mikhail Gorbachev is right about a new Cold War?


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