Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev on Friday waned “it all looks as if the world is preparing for war.”
Gorbachev, who was head of the socialist state when it dissolved in 1991, wrote the comments in an opinion piece for Time magazine.
“More troops, tanks and armored personnel carriers are being brought to Europe,” he wrote. “NATO and Russian forces and weapons that used to be deployed at a distance are now placed closer to each other, as if to shoot point-blank.”
The 1990 Nobel Peace Prize-winner added: “Politicians and military leaders sound increasingly belligerent and defense doctrines more dangerous. Commentators and TV personalities are joining the bellicose chorus. It all looks as if the world is preparing for war.”
Thousands of U.S. troops have been sent to eastern Europe in recent weeks, the largest deployment of its kind since the Cold War.
Gorbachev oversaw an agreement with the U.S. to reduce their nuclear arsenals. President Donald Trump, however, has suggested he could bolster the number of such weapons at his disposal.
Gorbachev urged the United Nations Security Council to adopt a resolution stating that “nuclear war is unacceptable and must never be fought,” and said the initiative to sign it should come from Trump and Putin.