Former Soviet statesman Mikhail Gorbachev who was the eighth and last leader of the Soviet Union called on the Russian and American leadership to meet and seek compromises, "before it's too late." He said this in his interview for Аnadolu.
Gorbachev said that after more than 40 years of the Cold War, during the first meeting with US President Ronald Reagan in Geneva, the conversation consisted of "a continuous polemic of mutual accusations." According to the politician, "the fact that at that moment the world was on the verge of nuclear war, and this situation could no longer be ignored made him determined."
"It's good that at that time another generation came to power in the Soviet Union, which put forward the concept of a new way of thinking - to stop the accumulation of weapons, to show initiative in this matter. At that time, a lot of nuclear weapons were accumulated, while the political situation was extremely strained. It created a real threat of a nuclear conflict. If the war was to outbreak, this weapon would have wiped out everything on Earth, "the politician recalls.
According to him, this made everyone reconsider things, but it's good that a not very friendly conversation started, during which "positions were cleared and cards opened".
"It is always necessary to find opportunities for meetings and dialogue in the most difficult situation. After two agreements on arms reductions were concluded, after very difficult negotiations, a turn in the minds of millions of people happened, we reached a new level of relations, "Gorbachev said.
“To current leaders I would also advise not to panic and scare each other, but meet and talk before it’s too late,” the politician said.
As it was reported earlier Gorbachev urged Putin and Trump to initiate prohibition of nuclear war. "Today the nuclear threat appears real again. The relations between the great powers went from bad to worse over the last years,” Gorbachev says.