This is a dangerous saber rattling, a foolish walk to the brink, an unnecessary distraction.
Russia and the West should move towards live and let live.
It would be unwise for the West to engage in triumphalism. On the other hand Russia should not expect the world to look the other way while it flounts the basics of global discourse.
"It is necessary to return to the main priorities. These are nuclear disarmament, the fight against terrorism, the prevention of an environmental disaster," Gorbachev said.
In 2014, Gorbachev, who has rarely intervened in global affairs since 1991, accused of American "triumphalism" for fueling tensions what he warned could become a "new Cold War."