Last Soviet leader Gorbachev urges Russia, US to hold nuclear talks

Mail Online | 10/18/2019 | Reuters;Chris Dyer For Mailonline
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The last Soviet leader of Russia warned today that the world is drifting into a dangerous era and pleaded with Moscow and Washington to hold urgent nuclear arms talks.

Mikhail Gorbachev said world leaders were slipping into using militarised politics, singling out President Donald Trump as well as his own leader, Vladamir Putin.

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Gorbachev, whose 1980s arms control push and democracy-oriented reforms at home helped end the Cold War, made the comments two months after the demise of a landmark nuclear pact he signed with Ronald Reagan in 1987.

President Donald Trump's administration formally pulled out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) in August, accusing Moscow of violating it, and then tested a missile with a range previously banned under the treaty.

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Moscow denied flouting the accord, but President Vladimir Putin has said Russia now has no option but to produce previously banned missiles to ensure its own security.

Gorbachev begged Trump and Putin to climb down from their positions and hold talks about entering back into an arms truce.

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He told the daily newspaper Izvestia: 'There are dangerous trends - they are all in plain sight. I would single out two. They are the disregard for international law and the militarisation of world politics.'

The last major nuclear arms control treaty between Russia and the United States, the New START treaty, is due to expire in 2021.

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It limits the number of strategic nuclear warheads the world's two biggest nuclear powers can deploy.

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