In a recent interview with Russia’s Sputnik newspaper, former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev said that he recognized the need for the new administration’s confirmation in the US to its commitment to fighting nuclear conflicts with Russia.
|Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev. Photo: RT|
Accordingly, recalling his meeting and the late US President Ronald Reagan at the Geneva Summit in 1985, Mr. Gorbachev said that up to now, the meaning of the meeting is still valid, especially the commitment of two sides on anti-nuclear war.
As for the new US administration that will be run by President Joe Biden, Gorbachev said that the government in Russia needs to act quickly, especially the reiteration of the new administration’s commitment to the county conflict. multiply.
“The joint statement stated: ‘A nuclear war cannot bring victory and can never be waged. The parties will not seek to gain military supremacy’. Russia recently asked him. The US reiterates this. A new US administration is currently underway, so this proposal should be repeated “- Mr. Gorbachev said.
Gorbachev’s statement points to the event that happened in July 2020, in the midst of a dispute between Russia and the United States over the continued implementation of agreements on nuclear weapons. When requested by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, the US side run by Donald Trump’s administration refused to reiterate that fundamental commitment.
This is what Mr. Gorbachev noted and particularly emphasized that this commitment must be maintained with the new administration, which had previously had not been at odds with Russia.
During the election campaign, Mr. Joe Biden noticed the extension of the US-Russia START NEWS treaty and agreed that this agreement should be extended. However, Mr. Gorbachev said that there is a need to further cut the nuclear weapons of both countries.
“He [Biden-PV] says the deal should be renewed. However, I believe this is just the first step. We need to agree on further cuts. We need to negotiate and adjust military doctrine – banning the use of nuclear weapons, not just lowering the threshold of use as currently “- Mr. Gorbachev explained.
After that, there should be the participation of other nuclear powers in the talks, according to Gorbachev.
“This is a very big and difficult agenda. If the US and Russia really embark on this, it will benefit both them and all others” – Mr. Gorbachev stressed.