and the United States have reached a " point."
followed a series of issues that have strained rel is involved in cyber attacks aimed atdisrupting U.S. elections next month.
"I think the world has reached a point，" Gorbachev told RIA Novosti，'s state news agency. The former leader said he did not have any specific advice for either country.
"But I do want to say that this needs to stop，" he said. "We need to renew dialogue. Stopping it was the biggest mistake."
Gorbachev， 85， is credited with easing years of tensions between the Soviet Union and the West. He led the country from 1985 to 1991. He signed several important nuclear disarmament deals with the United States during his rule. In 1990， he received the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts.
On October 3， the United States said it was giving up its efforts with to negotiate a cease-fire in Syria. U.S. officials noted continued military attacks against civilian targets in the nation.
a number of nuclear cooperation agreements with the United States. It also moved to build up its military forces in Syria and along then border with Europe.
Recently， deployed Iskander missiles to a base in Kaliningrad， which sits on the Baltic coast between Poland and Lithuania. Those missiles are able to travel about 500 kilometers in the air and carry nuclear weapons.
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier wrote in the Bild newspaper about the deployment. He said he thought it created a more against the West.
Some military experts agree. Igor Sutyagin is with London's Royal United Services Institute.
"The dramatic reaction of the West about Iskander a wake-up call， a very clear message. It is that ice-cold bucket of water that ， ‘Wake up， you are not living in a safe world.'"
During the Cold War， the Soviet Union deployed large missiles in what was then East Germany and Czechoslovakia. Sutyagin says this time around， the missile deployment is more psychological.
"The idea is to intimidate the West. Because in the international arena but psychology. Even then military are comparatively weaker than NATO's forces."
Other issues have also increased tensions between and the United States.
Last week， U.S. officials accused then those cyber attacks are meant to disrupt the U.S. elections next month.
last July. In the past， U.S. officials had said they suspectedn involvement in the leak. But in a statement last week， the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Department of Homeland Security went farther， to actually name.
"We believe， based on the scope and sensitivity of these efforts， that only's senior-most officials could have authorized these activities，" the statement said.
In reaction， Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said U.S. officials were creating what he called "anti-; "dirty methods" to blamen cyber attackers ahead of the U.S. elections.
I'm Bryan Lynn.