leaders agreed on Friday to deploy military forces to the
Baltic states and eastern Poland while increasing air and sea patrols
to demonstrate readiness to defend eastern members
against the alleged ‘Russian aggression.'
Gorbachev reportedly said after the summit that the decisions
made at NATO summit in Warsaw should be regarded as a
preparation for a hot war with Russia.
Saturday, Gorbachev told Echo Moskvy in an interview that he
sticks to what he had said earlier and that he considers NATO
decisions short-sighted and dangerous.
steps lead to tension and disruption. Europe is splitting, the
world is splitting. This is a wrong path for the global
community" He said. "There are too many global and
individual crises to abandon cooperation. It is essential
to revive the dialogue."
to the ex Soviet President, by irresponsibly deploying four
multinational battalions to Russian borders, "within
shooting distance", the alliance draws closer another Cold War
and another Arms Race.
are still ways to…avoid military action." Gorbachev stressed.
"I would say that UN should be called upon on that matter."
also called on Moscow not to respond to provocations
but to come to the negotiating table.
the current situation…all political, economic, diplomatic and
cultural forces should be engaged to pacify the world. Mind you,
the next war will be the last."