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Gorbachev: NATO Must Stop Bombing

May 23, 1999 GMT

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) _ Former Soviet president and Nobel Peace Prize winner Mikhail Gorbachev on Sunday delivered a stinging message to the United States government to stop NATO’s bombing campaign in Yugoslavia.

The leader who helped end the Cold War criticized Washington for acting ``irresponsibly″ by using military force in Yugoslavia without a United Nations mandate.

``The United States is conducting itself irresponsibly on the world stage,″ he said through an interpreter at the World Masters of Business forum in Brisbane.

Gorbachev, leader of the Soviet Union for five years from 1985, accused Washington of using military power to its own advantage.

``The United States has a superiority and victory complex,″ he said.

Despite expressing concern over the economic and political crisis in Russia under President Boris Yeltsin, Gorbachev said he hoped the country will pull itself out of trouble.