Gorbachev criticizes NATO for raising tensions

Gorbachev criticizes NATO for raising tensions

Cobrapost |
July 9, 2016

Gorbachev criticizes NATO for raising tensions

Mikhail Gorbachev, whose time as Soviet president saw the Cold War end, has strongly criticized NATO for escalating tensions with Russia in the alliance’s summit this week.

NATO’s leaders on Friday announced at the summit in Warsaw plans to beef up alliance forces in Poland, Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, all of which border Russia. Moscow earlier this this year said it would put more troops along its western borders, including two new divisions.

Gorbachev was quoted as saying Saturday by the Interfax news agency that “NATO has begun preparations for escalating from the Cold War into a hot one.”

He says “all the rhetoric in Warsaw just yells of a desire almost to declare war on Russia. They only talk about defense, but actually are preparing for offensive operations.”

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