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05 November 2019 00:34

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Mikhail Gorbachev warns the US-Russia nuclear arms race has put the world in ‘colossal danger’ of total destruction

Mr Gorbachev has called on nations to rid the world of nuclear weapons (Picture: DPA/PA). Mikhail Gorbachev, the leader who presided over the fall of the Soviet Union, says the world is in "colossal" danger. He told the BBC that the current tensions between Russia and the West pose a huge threat, not least the potential use of nuclear weapons. In 1987, the former Soviet leader and US President Ronald Reagan signed the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty - an agreement between America and the Soviet Union to ban all land-based ballistic and cruise missiles with ranges of 500 to 5,500 kilometres. Russian President Vladimir Putin warned the US that if it walked out of the key arms treaty and started developing banned missiles then Moscow would do the same.

Then-President Ronald Reagan and General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev speak after signing the INF treaty in 1987 (Pictures: Ronald Reagan Presidential Library). Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev has said nuclear weapons pose a "colossal danger" amid tensions between Russia and the West. Mr Gorbachev, 88, led the Soviet Union from 1985 until its collapse in 1991 and was instrumental in ending the Cold War with the US. Last year he criticised US president Donald Trump for pulling out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, which he and Ronald Reagan signed in 1987. Speaking to the BBC, Mr Gorbachev said: "As long as weapons of mass destruction exist, primarily nuclear weapons, the danger is colossal.

Mikhail Gorbachev, in a special BBC interview released to mark the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall later this week, warned ongoing tensions among nuclear weapon-owning countries put the world at "colossal" risk. Mr Gorbachev, alongside USA President Ronald Reagan and UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, helped put an end to the Cold War with plans to scale down the USSR's nuclear arsenal. The former USSR leader said: "As long as weapons of mass destruction exist, nuclear weapons, the danger is colossal. To save ourselves and our planet." Asked about ongoing tensions between the US and Russia, Mr Gorbachev claimed the two countries remained in a "chilly war" despite the official end of the inactive conflict 30 years ago. World War 3: Mikhail Gorbachev claimed the US and Russia are engaged in a "chilly war" This is not a situation we want." Earlier this year, the world narrowly escaped the start of conflict as US President Donald Trump called off a missile attack against Iran last minute – a move which could have sparked a nuclear response from Tehran.

In 2016, after years of threats, Russia's President Vladimir Putin ordered nuclear-capable Iskander missiles with a range of 440 miles to be deployed in the Kaliningrad Oblast region, putting Berlin comfortably in range. World War 3: Mikhail Gorbachev worked with the US and the UK to help end the Cold War World War 3: Donald Trump nearly targeted Iran with a missile strike earlier this year World War 3: Vladimir Putin in 2016 ordered nuclear missiles placed in Kaliningrad World War 3: The US and Russia own over 12,000 nuclear weapons between themselves FORMER Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev has warned the nuclear arms race between Russia and the US poses a "colossal danger" to humanity. The former world leader has now urged all nations to destroy their nuclear stockpiles in order to "save ourselves and our planet". 4 Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev has warned the world is on the brink Credit: BBC Gorbachev, 88, led the Soviet Union from 1985 until its collapse in 1991 and was instrumental in ending the Cold War with Amrerica. Last year he criticised Donald Trump for pulling out of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty set up to prevent a nuclear holocaust unfolding in Europe.

In a new interview with the BBC, Gorbachev said: "As long as weapons of mass destruction exist, primarily nuclear weapons, the danger is colossal. 4 The INF was signed by US president Ronald Reagan and the then Soviet leader in 1987 Credit: Reuters Earlier this year the US and Nato accused Russia of violating the pact by deploying a new mid-range cruise missile, something which Moscow has denied. What is the 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF)? It was signed byUS president Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to end the build-up or warheads in Europe. The immediate effect eliminated the US' Pershing II missiles and the Soveiet Union's SS-20s - which was a key event in ending the Cold War. We couldn't allow that, over an issue of such magnitude for Germany, for us, Europe, the whole world," he said.

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Soviet reformer Mikhail Gorbachev has warned in an interview that tension between Russia and Western nations, and the possibility that the two sides could abandon nuclear arms treaties, pose a "colossal danger." Gorbachev, the final leader of the former Soviet Union, won the 1990 Nobel Peace Prize for his "leading role in the peace process" that led to the fall of the Berlin Wall and "brought the Cold War to a peaceful end." "As long as weapons of mass destruction exist, primarily nuclear weapons, the danger is colossal," Gorbachev told the BBC when asked whether recent tension could lead to confrontation. "All nations should declare - all nations - that nuclear weapons must be destroyed," he said. Despite many analysts claiming the Cold War ended after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, Gorbachev said the atmosphere between Russia and the West remains "chilly, but still a war." "We couldn't allow that over an issue of such magnitude for Germany, for us, for Europe, for the whole world," he said.