Mikhail Gorbachev Asks Leaders to Avoid Another ‘Cold War’

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Mikhail Gorbachev has asked the leaders to use more control in regards to the situation between the United States (U.S.) and Russia to avoid another ‘Cold War.’ Gorbachev, who is now 83 years old, is the former Soviet leader whose glasnost and perestroika policies were revolutionary and played a major role in the fall of communism in both Soviet Union and eastern Europe in the 1980s. These reforms called for a policy of open communication, which he is now advocating as a response for the growing tensions between the two countries.

According to sources, the warning was delivered in Berlin at an event commemorating the 25 year anniversary of the Berlin Wall falling. In addition to the warning, Gorbachev also stated that he believed neither nation had fulfilled their agreements after the end of the Cold War and said that the U.S. was guilty of “triumphalism,” abusing Russia’s weakened state after the fall of the Soviet Union and using the lack of a counterbalance to claim “monopoly leadership” across the globe. He said that the past few months events are the results of “short-sighted policies” that seek to force one will and ignore the partner’s interests.

Gorbachev’s request of the leaders to use more control to avoid another Cold War were delivered as the coffins of five more victims of the MH17 crash were flown back to the Netherlands out of Ukraine. The Dutch foreign minister, Bert Koenders, forewarned that the bodies of the final nine victims of the plane crash might not ever be recovered due to the high level of conflict in the region. The plane was shot down in July over east Ukraine. All 298 people flying on the Malaysia Airline’s plane were killed. Currently, 289 of the victims have been identified by Dutch investigators who have made four trips to the site following a ceasefire that was signed between government forces and the rebels in September, according to Ukrainian officials.

There is disagreement over the cause of the crash. The west and Ukraine are saying that rebels shot the plane down using a surface-to-air missile given to them by Russia, however, Moscow denies this and is blaming Kiev. These conflicting claims come at the same time as reports of Ukrainian and rebel forces engaging despite the cease-fire agreement. Ukrainian officials have also stated that it is believed that Russia has been supplying weaponry as well as manpower to the rebel forces.

In addition to asking the leaders of both nations to use more control to avoid a second Cold War, Gorbachev also requested that the West remove the sanctions it has imposed against officials in Russia. According to sources he said that continued destabilization of Europe could make it “irrelevant” in the international realm and that it was becoming an area of competition, military conflict and political upheaval. In comments on Friday, President Obama appeared to have similar concerns regarding the levels of conflict present in Europe, however, he turned the blame on Russia saying that their actions in respect to Ukraine reminded us that there is more work to be done to create a peaceful and free Europe.

By Clara Goode

Sources:
The Telegraph
Newsweek
Daily Mail

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One Response to "Mikhail Gorbachev Asks Leaders to Avoid Another ‘Cold War’"

  1. Satish Chandra   November 9, 2014 at 2:56 am

    Air Marshal K. J. Mathews died on May 7 2014 at a young age just as the voting in the 2014 elections was ending. He was killed by RAW for following up my suggestion to emplace India’s nuclear warheads in Washington and New York to be exploded with the warning that additional U.S. cities will be destroyed if there is any retaliation or sign of retaliation. Indira and Rajiv Gandhi were both killed by RAW for the same reason — showing my influence. Manmohan Singh on Mathews’ death : “Over the last few years, he had worked closely with my office, and had made an exceptional contribution to numerous projects of immense national importance. I am particularly impressed by his professionalism , dedication and personal warmth. His absence will be sorely felt”, he said [UNI] . The “numerous projects of immense national importance” were the emplacement of India’s nuclear warheads in Washington, New York and other U.S. cities. I had urged the simultaneous nuclear destruction of Washingon, New York and RAW headquarters. India cannot be liberated unless RAW is destroyed. Air Marshal Mathews neglected to do that despite my urging. Will Lt. Gen. Amit Sharma destroy RAW or will he rather die like Mathews? It requires obeying my orders, not the politicians’. Once the warheads are in place in American cities — as they are right now — Washington and New York should be destroyed at the first opportunity — on a working day during working hours in Washington and New York — with a warning that additional U.S. cities will be destroyed if there is any retaliation or sign of retaliation; it will not be working hours in New Delhi where RAW headquarters are which have to be destroyed simultaneously but that is alright. There is no need to wait, otherwise you are just waiting for RAW to kill you.

    This is a post I made a couple years ago:-

    “Posted by SatishChandra on Jan 12,2011 20:34 PM
    Stealth or no-stealth, 5th generation or 4th generation, fighter aircraft are as obsolete for India’s defence as bows and arrows. They can be used against neighbors such as Pakistan and China but the United States is EVERYBODY’S neighbor. It has already invaded and occupied Afghanistan, a part of traditional India and will expand its occupation to the rest of the subcontinent. I am India’s expert in strategic defence and the father of India’s strategic program including the Integrated Guided Missile Development Program. The U.S. invasion of Afghanistan means the coast-to–coast destruction of the U.S. by India; see my blog titled ‘Nuclear Supremacy for India Over U.S.’, which can be found by a Yahoo search with the title, for what India needs to do. Russia and other white countries are U.S. allies. These are the enemies to destroy. All other enemies will be taken care of automatically. Conventional arms are worthless for destroying the United States. Nuclear arms to destroy the United States with a FIRST STRIKE — this is the key — are cheap and easy to produce with technology India already has. All the money earmarked for fighter aircraft etc., and more, must be pumped into research, development and production of missiles able to deliver India’s nuclear warheads — in the thousands — to the continental United States. India’s missile scientists & engineers should have tested such missiles to their full range decades ago — everything else, including short and intermediate range missiles and missile defence, is secondary and tertiary — but have not done that because of prohibitions by India’s C.I.A.-controlled governments. This must be done on a war footing after first destroying RAW through which the C.I.A. rules India; see my blog. Satish Chandra”
    Since I wrote the above India’s nuclear warheads have been emplaced in Washington, New York and other U.S. cities to destroy Washington and New York with a signal from anywhere in the world with a warning that additional U.S. cities will be destroyed if there is any retaliation or sign of retaliation.

    Satish Chandra

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