MOSCOW, August 31 – RIA Novosti. Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev hasn’t talked about current events lately, his last public comment was condolences on the death of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Prior to that – in 2021 – he talked about relations between Russia and the United States and expressed his hopes for a constructive dialogue. RIA Novosti has compiled Gorbachev’s latest comments, which mainly focus on Russian-US relations and security issues.
Gorbachev died at the age of 92 in the Central Clinical Hospital (TsKB) on Tuesday evening after a long illness.
He has been quarantined in the hospital since October 2021 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Abe’s death shocked
The only recent comment from the former USSR president was condolences on the death of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who died in an assassination attempt on July 8.
“The news of the death of former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shocked me. My deepest condolences to the family of the deceased, to the people and administration of Japan,” the Gorbachev Foundation press service said.
About relations with the USA
At the end of December 2021, Gorbachev spoke about Russian-American security talks. He told RIA Novosti that after the collapse of the Soviet Union, the United States was “shot in the head by arrogance”, hence the idea of expanding NATO and forgetting the ideas of collective security, but it is not too late to turn to them.
Answering the question of whether it was possible to establish relations with the United States in a different way without hitting Russia’s dominance after the collapse of the USSR, Gorbachev recalled that the collapse of the Soviet Union weakened Russia, “There was a collapse in the economy, chaos.”
“Still, I believe it is not too late to return to these ideas. I do not know if this is now, after the negotiations between the presidents of Russia and the USA (Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden – ed.) But some processes have begun. I support this, I hope all European countries feel safe there will be a result he will feel.” said.
In August 2021, the former head of the USSR commented on the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan to RIA Novosti, emphasizing how important it is to learn from the situation and not repeat such mistakes.
According to him, “even though Russia supported it in the first place, it was a failed attempt from the beginning.”
“Like many similar projects, it was based on exaggeration of the threat and unclear geopolitical plans. Added to this were unrealistic attempts to democratize a multi-tribal society,” Gorbachev said. said.
About the START
At the end of July 2021, Gorbachev commented to RIA Novosti on the Russian-American strategic stabilization negotiations that had begun at the time, expressing hope that neither side would pull them back.
He stressed that this issue is no longer closed.
He also expressed the view that the United States and the Russian Federation “need to agree on lower levels of nuclear weapons, then it would be possible to attract other nuclear-armed countries – China, Great Britain, France and others – and already together to the final goal.” We’re headed in the right direction – the destruction of nuclear weapons.”
About Putin’s meeting with Biden
In addition, Gorbachev spoke about the meeting of the Presidents of Russia and the USA in June 2021 at the Geneva Villa La Grange.
“The road to this meeting was difficult. I remember once again how we walked to our first meeting with President Reagan and finally came to a joint statement. Now I see that the presidents of Russia and the United States have reaffirmed our formula of inadmissibility. Gorbachev told RIA Novosti that It is equally important to initiate comprehensive consultations on stability and nuclear weapons on this basis.
Final interview with RIA Novosti
On the eve of his 90th birthday on March 1, 2021, Gorbachev gave his last major interview to RIA Novosti, where he again spoke about the nuclear issue and the coronavirus.
He described the time we are in as “responsible and very difficult” and expressed the view that “the nuclear problem should be addressed by the whole world”.
Gorbachev also spoke about the pandemic. He urged to fight together “without political games and intrigues”, noting that Russian science showed its potential and this made him very happy.
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