NATO Expansion Into Ukraine Could Ignite Nuclear War, Gorbachev says; World ‘Will not survive the next few years’

456372-former-soviet-president-mikhail-gorbachev-looks-on-during-a-presentatiBy  Esther Tanquintic-Misa
Former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev looks on during a presentation of his new book “After Kremlin” in Moscow December 26, 2014. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin   REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, without necessarily taking sides with Russian President Vladimir Putin, told a German news magazine that NATO instigated the current Ukraine crisis because it had chosen to not adhere to the provisions of the Paris Charter of 1990, thus saying the dangling nuclear between the bloc and Russia is just a matter of time.
With both sides flaunting their respective nuclear arsenal, Gorbachev told German magazine Der Spiegel the world “will not survive the next few years” if either side lost its nerve in the current stand-off. “Moscow does not believe the West, and the West does not believe Moscow. The loss of confidence is catastrophic

Although critical of his successor, the 1990 Nobel Peace Prize winner nonetheless believed Mr Putin was just reacting based on NATO’s flamboyant aspirations to expand, fuelled by the United States’ “dangerous winning mentality.” He said US-led NATO’s eastward expansion has destroyed the very essence of the European security order which was written in the Helsinki Final Act of 1975. The bloc’s expansion, he claimed, was a 180-degree turn away from the Paris Charter of 1990. He said the latter was made together with all European states to finally leave the Cold War in the past.

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1 comment for “NATO Expansion Into Ukraine Could Ignite Nuclear War, Gorbachev says; World ‘Will not survive the next few years’

  1. Henry Nyabuto Mangerere
    May 10, 2015 at 8:33 pm

    I would like to request permission from Esther Tanquintic-Misa to allow me to quote her article on Nato expansion likely to ignite nuclear war in my coming up publication.

    With every good wish and appreciation for you prompt understanding.

    Henry Nyabuto Mangerere

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