Gorbachev and Lord Rothschild Warn of Growing Threat of Nuclear War
June 1, 2015 Deutsche Welle & Tyler Durden / ZeroHedge & Before It's News
Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev has warned that tensions between Russia and the West over the Ukraine crisis could result in a major conflict or even nuclear war. "We won't survive the coming years if someone loses their nerve in this overheated situation," Gorbachev said. "I am extremely concerned." Lord Jacob Rothschild, chair of the £2.3 billion RIT Capital Partners trust, is warning fellow investors of "a geopolitical situation perhaps as dangerous as any we have faced since World War II."
Gorbachev Issues New Warning of Nuclear War over Ukraine
BERLIN (January 9, 2015) -- Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev has warned that the crisis in Ukraine could lead to a major war, or even a nuclear war. In an interview with a German magazine, he criticized both Russia and the West.
In an interview with the German weekly newsmagazine Der Spiegel, 83-year-old former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev said the crisis in Ukraine could lead to large-scale war in Europe or even a nuclear war. "We won't survive if someone loses their nerves in the current tension."
The Nobel Peace Prize laureate decried the "loss of trust" between Russia and the West as "catastrophic," and said ties must be "defrosted."
Gorbachev accused the West and NATO of destroying the structure of European security by expanding its alliance. "No head of the Kremlin can ignore such a thing," he said, adding that the US was unfortunately starting to establish a "mega empire."
The man seen as a key player in the reunification of former East and West Germany in 1990 also accused Germany of interfering in Ukraine's crisis, saying, "The new Germany wants its hands in every pie. There seems to be a lot of people who want to be involved in a new division of Europe.
"Germany has already tried to expand its influence of power towards the East - in World War II. Does it really need another lesson?"
He said Western attempts to disempower Russian President Vladimir Putin and destabilize Russia were "very stupid and extremely dangerous."
He defended the Russian annexation of the Crimean Peninsula last year, but criticized the Russian leader's authoritarian style of leadership. He said Russia needed free elections and "the participation of the people in free elections.
"It is simply not acceptable when someone such as the anti-corruption blogger and politician Alexei Navalny is under house arrest for speaking out."
Gorbachev has warned of a nuclear war on a number of occasions in recent months. In an article for the Russian daily Rossiyskaya Gazeta, published on December 11, he said: "The situation in Europe and the world is extremely alarming . . . the result of the events that took place in the last months is a catastrophic loss of trust in international relation," which could lead to war.
He urged Russia and the US as well as Russia and the EU to hold talks "without preconditions" and without fear of "losing face."
"We must think of the future," the former leader said.
On Monday, the foreign ministers of Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine are set to meet in Berlin to launch another attempt to break the deadlock in the Ukraine conflict.
The ministers are expected to discuss the possibility of a summit of the four countries' leaders in Kazakhstan, which Ukraine had suggested take place on January 15.
Regarding the fragile four-month-old ceasefire between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists, which has been broken on a number of occasions, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said everything should be done to reach a compromise, adding, "It would be wrong not to try it."
(January 9, 2015) -- Two months ago we reported that former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev has warned that tensions between Russia and the West over the Ukraine crisis have put the world "on the brink of a new Cold War."
That warning has now escalated as the 1990 Nobel Peace Prize winner told Der Spiegel news magazine, according to excerpts released on Friday, that tensions between Russia and European powers over the Ukraine crisis could result in a major conflict or even nuclear war, adding that "a war of this kind would unavoidably lead to a nuclear war."
As Reuters reports, Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev warned that tensions between Russia and European powers over the Ukraine crisis could result in a major conflict or even nuclear war, in an interview to appear in a German news magazine on Saturday.>
"A war of this kind would unavoidably lead to a nuclear war," the 1990 Nobel Peace Prize winner told Der Spiegel news magazine, according to excerpts released on Friday.
"We won't survive the coming years if someone loses their nerve in this overheated situation," added Gorbachev, 83. "This is not something I'm saying thoughtlessly. I am extremely concerned."
Tensions between Russia and Western powers rose after pro-Russian separatists took control of large parts of eastern Ukraine and Russia annexed Crimea in early 2014.
The United States, NATO and the European Union accuse Russia of sending troops and weapons to support the separatist uprising, and have imposed sanctions on Moscow.
Russia denies providing the rebels with military support and fends off Western criticism of its annexation of Crimea, saying the Crimean people voted for it in a referendum.
Gorbachev, who is widely admired in Germany for his role in opening the Berlin Wall and steps that led to Germany's reunification in 1990, warned against Western intervention in the Ukraine crisis.
"The new Germany wants to intervene everywhere," he said in the interview. "In Germany evidently there are a lot of people who want to help create a new division in Europe."
The elder statesman, whose "perestroika" (restructuring) policy helped end the Cold War, has previously warned of a new cold war and potentially dire consequences if tensions were not reduced over the Ukraine crisis.
The diplomatic standoff over Ukraine is the worst between Moscow and the West since the Cold war ended more than two decades ago.
* * *
As we concluded previously, Do not forget that Russian generals have also pushed for adding pre-emptive nuclear strikes into the new military doctrine . . . having also previously predicted the US/NATO as enemies reported above. Lord Rothschild Warns Investors of
'Most Dangerous Geopolitical Situation Since World War II' Before It's News
(March 6, 2015) – BIN Editor's Note: Billionaires, hedge fund managers and other "elites" in the know are quickly snatching up land and secret hideaways around the world in anticipation of a serious crisis. As you read the following report from Paul Joseph Watson of Infowars, pay attention to where Lord Jacob Rothschild has put his focus.
It's no longer about making money for clients, but rather, protecting and preserving their wealth from the coming destruction of our financial, economic and monetary systems. Lord Jacob Rothschild has warned investors that the world is mired in the most dangerous geopolitical situation since World War II.
The 78-year-old chairman of RIT Capital Partners, a £2.3 billion trust, used the organization's annual report to caution savers that the focus of the firm would be the preservation of shareholders' capital and not short term gains.
Rothschild said that "a geopolitical situation perhaps as dangerous as any we have faced since World War II" has created a "difficult economic background" of which investors should be wary.
Rothschild, whose business associates include Warren Buffett and Henry Kissinger, blamed the fraught climate on, "chaos and extremism in the Middle East, Russian aggression and expansion, and a weakened Europe threatened by horrendous unemployment, in no small measure caused by a failure to tackle structural reforms in many of the countries which form part of the European Union".
"RIT is popular among private investors thanks to its excellent track record and its conservative approach to conserving capital," notes the Telegraph's Richard Dyson. Rothschild and his daughter Hannah jointly own shares in the trust worth approximately £160m.
Rothschild's warning follows reports from January's Davos Economic Forum during which it was revealed that the wealthy are purchasing secret hideaways in remote locations in order to escape social upheaval and possible riots.
Economist Robert Johnson made headlines when he divulged that "hedge fund managers all over the world . . . are buying airstrips and farms in places like New Zealand because they think they need a getaway." Johnson cited income inequality and the potential for civil unrest and riots as the reason for the panic.
"A lot of wealthy and powerful people are quite afraid right now – they see us on an unstable trajectory," said Johnson. "As the system doesn't have proper resources, as it doesn't represent people, things are getting more and more dangerous as say Ferguson, Missouri brings to bear."
Realtors in New Zealand subsequently confirmed the flight to safety by the elite, noting that "paranoia" and concerns about personal safety and global crises were driving the trend. Gen. Wesley Clark Exposes Secret US Plans
To Attack Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Lybia, Somalia, Sudan and Iran
(February 22, 2015) – AMTV.
Posted in accordance with Title 17, Section 107, US Code, for noncommercial, educational purposes.