Gorbachev Urges Trump and Putin to Introduce UN Resolution Banning Nuclear War

The former Soviet leader said, "The word is preparing for war."

Then taking direct aim at the superpower leaders, he writes, "I think the initiative to adopt such a resolution should come from Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin — the presidents of two nations that hold over 90 percent of the world's nuclear arsenals and therefore bear a special responsibility."

He adds, "Politicians and military leaders sound increasingly belligerent and defense doctrines more dangerous. Commentators and TV personalities are joining the bellicose chorus. It all looks as if the world is preparing for war."

Gorbachev blames poor relations among the world's most powerful countries for, what he perceives, as an increasing threat of war. "The nuclear threat once again seems real," he writes. "Relations between the great powers have been going from bad to worse for several years now. The advocates for arms build-up and the military-industrial complex are rubbing their hands."

He urges, "We must break out of this situation. We need to resume political dialogue aiming at joint decisions and joint action ... The focus should once again be on preventing war, phasing out the arms race, and reducing weapons arsenals."