Last USSR President: The world is on the brink of a new Cold War

“The world is on the brink of a new Cold War. Some are even saying that it’s already begun,” Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev said in an event at Berlin as part of the 25th-anniversary of the fall of Berlin Wall.

“The events of the past months are consequences of short-sighted policies of seeking to impose one’s will while ignoring the interests of one’s partners,” Gorbachev said.

US and NATO have been imposing sanctions to Russia since the conflict in Ukraine started. NATO also formed a rapid response force consisting of ground, air and sea assets that can be deployed in short notice.

The last Soviet leader noted that the United States “declared victory in the Cold War” “instead of building new mechanisms and institutions of European security and pursuing a major demilitarization of European politics.”

He said that US had embraced “triumphalism” after the breakdown of the USSR in 1991. “Euphoria and triumphalism went to the heads of western leaders. Taking advantage of Russia’s weakening and the lack of a counterweight, they claimed monopoly leadership and domination in the world.”

Gorbachev described the situation as a blister of the past that is now turning “into a bloody, festering wound.”

Cold War is a state of political and military tension, post World War II, that emerged between the United States with NATO and the Soviet Union with its allies. The Cold War finally ended in 1991 with the dissolution of USSR.