"It Is Time To Return To Sanity" Gorbachev Urges Trump And Putin To Save Crucial Cold-War Arms Pact

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Former Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev the last Soviet leader, is urging Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump to meet face to face to resolve their differences as each side accuses the other of violating a Cold War-era arms-control treaty that Gorbachev believes is essential to maintaining peace between the two world powers.

The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, a landmark arms control treaty signed in 1987 by Gorbachev and former US President Ronald Reagan, helped end the Cold War by requiring both countries to eliminate all nuclear ground-launched ballistic and cruise missiles with a range of 500 to 5,500 kilometers.

But recently, both sides have called for the treaty to be scrapped as perceived encroachment by NATO “missile-defense” systems in South Korea and Europe has unnerved Putin, while Russia’s efforts to influence the US presidential election with a “sophisticated” propaganda campaign

In an essay that was published in a local newspaper, and re-published by the Washington Post, Gorbachev explains why preserving the treaty – which he sees as the most vulnerable link in the system of limiting and reducing weapons of mass destruction - is imperative to maintaining the Russia-US relationship.

In the essay, Gorbachev argues that the US-Russia relationship is “in a severe crisis” and only a dialogue based on “mutual respect” can help repair it – if only the two leaders could scrounge up the political will to make it happen.

So what is happening, what is the problem, and what needs to be done?

 

Both sides have raised issues of compliance, accusing the other of violating or circumventing the treaty’s key provisions. From the sidelines, lacking fuller information, it is difficult to evaluate those accusations. But one thing is clear:

 

The problem has a political as well as a technical aspect. It is up to the political leaders to take action.

 

Therefore I am making an appeal to the presidents of Russia and the United States.

 

Relations between the two nations are in a severe crisis. A way out must be sought, and there is one well-tested means available for accomplishing this: a dialogue based on mutual respect.

 

It will not be easy to cut through the logjam of issues on both sides. But neither was our dialogue easy three decades ago. It had its critics and detractors, who tried to derail it.

 

In the final analysis, it was the political will of the two nations’ leaders that proved decisive. And that is what’s needed now. This is what our two countries’ citizens and people everywhere expect from the presidents of Russia and the United States.

If Trump and Putin could agree to preserve the agreement, it would encourage the generals and diplomats responsible for implementing and monitoring the terms to fall in line, Gorbachev said.

I am confident that preparing a joint presidential statement on the two nations’ commitment to the INF Treaty is a realistic goal. Simultaneously, the technical issues could be resolved; for this purpose, the joint control commission under the INF Treaty could resume its work. I am convinced that, with an impetus from the two presidents, the generals and diplomats would be able to reach agreement.

 

We are living in a troubled world. It is particularly disturbing that relations between the major nuclear powers, Russia and the United States, have become a serious source of tensions and a hostage to domestic politics. It is time to return to sanity. I am sure that even inveterate opponents of normalizing U.S.-Russian relations will not dare object to the two presidents. These critics have no arguments on their side, for the very fact that the INF Treaty has been in effect for 30 years proves that it serves the security interests of our two countries and of the world.

Unfortunately, the INF isn’t the only important treaty in danger of collapse. As we reported last month, US officials are preparing restrictions for Russian military flights over American territory permitted by the 2002 Treaty on Open Skies after accusing the country of concealing movements of personnel and military equipment near its western enclave of Kaliningrad as Russia prepared to stage its “Zapad-2017” drills, its biggest display of military power since the end of the Cold War.

In another sign of mounting tensions, the US suspended joint military exercises with its Gulf allies after a historic Russia-Saudi Arabia summit.

Gorbachev led the Soviet Union from 1985 until its dissolution in 1991.

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Hongcha's picture

If we could just shake hands and get along ... my OGZPY could come out of hibernation and make me rich...!

strannick's picture

Send in the Globalist clowns.

Gorby the clown should be petitioning his Rothschild puppet masters with his request

Hans-Zandvliet's picture

If you were trying to put your embarrassing stupidity and lack of historic knowledge on display, you've succeeded brilliantly!

The ignorance and stupidity you often meet among gringos doesn’t stop to stun me.

Then again, it perfectly explains why Gringostan has become such a dysfunctional rogue state!

bh2's picture

Please inform yourself better before posting. Your comment is ignorant.

Gorbachev is (rightly) going to be judged very respectfully by history. He's arguably been one of the most persistently honest politicians on the planet.

If you believe he's a globalist, you may want to consider his recent published comment about the fundamental nature (and therefore profound danger) of the EU:

“The most puzzling development in politics during the last decade is the apparent determination of Western European leaders to re-create the Soviet Union in Western Europe.”

 

If there was ever a "globalist" project, it is the profoundly anti-democratic and corrupt EU. And Gorbochev fingered it more precisely even than Nigel Farge.

malek's picture

Say about Gorby what you want, but he dismantled the Soviet empire peacefully.

You will see the day you'd pray the US would have someone for that...
And no, that's not going to be all Trump's fault.

peddling-fiction's picture

Start by giving back the Russian Flag they took down in San Fransicko.

Ignatius's picture

Gorby is right in a bigly way, Trump.  Pay attention.

Yen Cross's picture

 Gorby reads Z/H.

 Snowflakes never learned about the " Bogeyman".

  Hey, maybe Kissinger and  Gorbachev can hold a 'Summit Meeting' on Epstein Island, and make some sense of this?

Manipuflation's picture

Merican here.  No fighting the Russians.  We are not doing that.

GodSpeed_00's picture

Trump, make nice with the Ruskies already.

Heywood Jablomi's picture

it will be perceived as more collusion.

PitBullsRule's picture

Mmm hmmm...

Except Gorbachev and Reagan weren't assholes.

opport.knocks's picture

Hmmmm - They we’re both globalist puppets though.

Golden Showers's picture

Reagan took a bullet. Little Bush Dealy Plaza freeze frame.

I watched this live after coming home from school and watching Dr. Who, with Charles Kuralt on the news. I first watched Dr. Who. Then the news.

Then some Iran and Lebanon.

As much as Reagan was an actor, he got told.

When you watch this you change. You don't forget it. You understand it's actors and the roles they play. Decades later so what? But that's the issue.

Where's Jodi Foster?

Atomizer's picture

This story is about the pipeline project. Don't be foolish to believe anything else. 

Golden Showers's picture

Exactly. Jody Foster. Thank you.

Son of Captain Nemo's picture

Mr. Gorbachev... "SELL ALL OF YOUR ENERGY IN $USD"!... And NOBODY GETS HURT!!!

covfefe MICdotard's picture

For Pete's sake, yesterday it was Carter, & today it's Gorby.

 

Who's it gonna be tomorrow? Fischer & Spassky?

hooligan2009's picture

russia and the US - better together.

preventing this? israel and its rperesentatives in congress.

LA_Goldbug's picture

Yeh, Gorbi , the same man that got a foundation in San Francisco and DID NOT force signing an agreement with US to put on paper no future NATO enlargement in the easterly direction. Yeh Gorbi, before you go to hell you are trying to do some verbal Good. F&&& off.

Horse Pizzle's picture

Squeal like a pig, Vladimir, squeal like a pig.

Rebelrebel7's picture

Sanity would be great, as opposed to this total lunacy!!

The U.S. media has obviously flipped out on LSD. CNN is now accusing Russia of sending black people into heavily policed areas through Pokemon Go so that Trump would win the election!

https://www.rt.com/usa/406539-cnn-russia-pokemon-meddling/