Gorbachev warns of potential nuclear war over Ukraine

Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev has expressed fears that the ongoing crisis in Ukraine may lead to a nuclear war, criticizing NATO’s expansion into Eastern Europe.

“The expansion of the bloc in the east [of Europe] has destroyed the European security order which was written in the Helsinki Final Act of 1975,” said the 83-year-old Russian politician in an interview published Saturday by German weekly magazine Der Spiegel.

“A war of this kind would unavoidably lead to a nuclear war. Anyway, declarations and propaganda from both sides make me fear the worst,” he said.

Gorbachev further emphasized that the NATO expansion has become “a 180-degree turn drawing us away from the Paris Charter of 1990, which was made together with all European states to finally leave the Cold War in the past.”

He added, „We won’t survive the coming years if someone loses their nerve in this overheated situation.“

The veteran politician also censured Western sanctions against Russia, insisting that the bans harm both Moscow and those that imposed them.

US-led NATO has recently been at odds with Russia over the Ukrainian situation. The military bloc has been escalating its forces in Eastern Europe while accusing the Kremlin of sending troops to Ukraine, a charged denied by Moscow as unfounded allegations.

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