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Gorbachev Slams the ‘Cult of Force’

June 4, 2016 (EIRNS)—Mikhail Gorbachev, the last leader of the Soviet Union, in a June 3 speech delivered in Moscow, lamented the reliance that some powers have placed on the use of military force for addressing problems.

"Problems and conflicts of the last two decades that could well be solved through peaceful political and diplomatic ways were dealt with through the use of military force. That was the case in former Yugoslavia, in Iraq, in Libya, and Syria,"

he said, reports RT. Gorbachev warned that invasions have brought no real solutions to problems, and only resulted in eroding international law and establishing a "cult of force."

Gorbachev lamented what he called a new tendency to step away from talks, calling it "the biggest mistake," while stressing that dialogue is at the heart of the solution. Gorbachev said preventing nuclear war and reducing nukes should still be a priority for world leaders, while other pressing global problems include fighting terrorism, poverty and underdevelopment, as well as dealing with environmental problems.

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