Putin, Biden and other leaders react to Mikhail Gorbachev death

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World leaders reacted Tuesday to the death of Mikhail Gorbachev, the last leader of the Soviet Union, in Moscow at the age of 91, with Western leaders saluting him for opening the Soviet Union and creating the conditions for the end of the Soviet Union. the Cold War .

President Biden called Gorbachev “a man of remarkable vision” in a statement. He also said that the Soviet leader’s policy of “glasnost” andperestroika,” or openness and restructuring were the “acts of a rare leader—one with the imagination to see that another future was possible and the courage to risk his entire career to achieve it.”

To say he put his career on the line might be an understatement – Gorbachev’s distaste among many Soviet loyalists was so apparent that it became the focus of a Pizza Hut commercial in which he starred.

Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed his “deepest condolences,” a spokesman told Interfax news agency, adding that Putin “will send a telegram of condolences to his family and friends.”

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Gorbachev is “a statesman who will live forever in the history of our country. Many argue about the role he played. But the fact that he was an extraordinary person, a unique person, is unequivocal. He is known, remembered and will be remembered all over the world.

“Gorbachev gave impetus to the end of the Cold War, and he sincerely wanted to believe that it would end and that an eternal romantic period would begin between the new Soviet Union and the West,” Peskov continued, turning the opportunity to the West that has supported Ukraine in its fight against the invasion of Russia. “This romance has not come to fruition… the bloodlust of our adversaries showed itself.”

UN Secretary-General António Guterres said he was “deeply saddened” by Gorbachev’s death. “Michail Gorbachev was a unique statesman who changed the course of history,” he said wrote on Twitter. “The world has lost a towering global leader, committed multilateralist and tireless advocate for peace.”

Mikhail Gorbachev, last leader of the Soviet Union, dies at 91

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, an expert on the Soviet Union and Russia, said on Twitter that Gorbachev’s life was “followed because without him and his courage it would not have been possible to end the Cold War peacefully.”

There was no immediate official response from Beijing, the capital of the world’s last communist heavyweight. But the state-run Global Times, citing online comments among Chinese citizens and academics, wrote that “in historical reflection, Gorbachev is naive and immature”, adding that he would be remembered as “a tragic figure who focused on the US and the West without principles.”

On the Chinese microblogging Weibo, the hashtag “GorbachevDeath” was trending Wednesday, with some calling him a traitor and warning China to watch for similar numbers that could sabotage the country’s communist system.

Fred Ryan, chairman of the board of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and Institute, said in a statement that former First Lady Nancy Reagan was “extremely moved” when Gorbachev attended Reagan’s state funeral.

“It was another confirmation that the two men had really formed a friendship and not just a business relationship,” said Ryan, who is also publisher and chief executive of The Washington Post.

“Against all odds, ‘Ron and Mikhail,’ as they eventually came to call each other, had found a way to make the planet a safer place together,” he said.

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida said at a news conference that “Gorbachev played an important role in overcoming a post-World War II division in Europe and the confrontation between East and West.” Kishida, who is from Hiroshima, said Gorbachev left behind “great ones” [accomplishments] as a world leader who supports the abolition of nuclear weapons.”

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Twitter that “at a time of Putin’s aggression in Ukraine, [Gorbachev’s] tireless commitment to opening up Soviet society continues to set an example for all of us.”

Mary Ilyushina and Lyric Li contributed to this report.


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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.

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