Mikhail Gorbachev

Mikhail Gorbachev believes that the world is preparing for another devastating war.

In a signed article published in the Time magazine on Friday, the 85-year-old man, who was the eighth and final leader of the Soviet Union, observes that while state budgets are struggling to fund people’s essential social needs, military spending is growing.

“Politicians and military leaders sound increasingly belligerent and defense doctrines more dangerous. Commentators and TV personalities are joining the bellicose chorus. The advocates for arms build-up and the military-industrial complex are rubbing their hands,” Gorbachev observed.

 “It all looks as if the world is preparing for war,” he wrote.

Gorbachev urged Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin to strongly denounce nuclear war in the face of the “militarisation of politics and the new arms race”.

The former leader of the Communist Party of Soviet Union also observed, “While state budgets are struggling to fund people’s essential social needs, military spending is growing.

“Money is easily found for sophisticated weapons whose destructive power is comparable to that of the weapons of mass destruction; for submarines whose single salvo is capable of devastating half a continent; for missile defense systems that undermine strategic stability.”

“More troops, tanks and armored personnel carriers are being brought to Europe. 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.

Body of dead soldier, World War II

“The world today is overwhelmed with problems. Policymakers seem to be confused and at a loss,” he begins. “But no problem is more urgent today than the militarisation of politics and the new arms race. Stopping and reversing this ruinous race must be our top priority. The current situation is too dangerous,” he said.

“In modern world, wars must be outlawed, because none of the global problems we are facing can be resolved by war — not poverty, nor the environment, migration, population growth, or shortages of resources. Take the first step,” the former Soviet Union leader wrote in the article.

To echo the November 1985 first summit between Gorbachev and Ronald Reagan in Geneva, which concluded: “nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought,” Gorbachev called for a replica meeting at the UN Security Council.

“The time to decide and act is now,” he said.

Read the full article here: http://time.com/4645442/gorbachev-putin-trump/