TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – The last president of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachevdied on Tuesday, August 30, 2022, at the age of 91, in a hospital in Moscow.
The character who ends The Cold War without this bloodshed, concluded an arms reduction agreement with the United States. The partnership with the Western powers succeeded in removing the iron curtain which had divided Europe since the Second World War and in bringing about the reunification of Germany.
Here are some reactions from around the world:
Russian President Vladimir Putin
He expressed his “sincere condolences”, his spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the news agency. Interfax. “Tomorrow he will send a telegram of condolences to his family and friends.”
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres
“I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Mikhail Gorbachev, a unique statesman who changed the course of history. He did more than any other individual to bring the Cold War to a peaceful end.
“The world has lost an imposing world leader, a committed multilateralist and a tireless supporter of peace.”
Ursula von Der Leyen, President of the European Commission
“Mikhail Gorbachev was a trusted and respected leader. He played an important role in bringing the Cold War to an end and the fall of the Iron Curtain. It paved the way for a free Europe… This legacy is a legacy that we will never forget.”
Reagan Foundations and Institutions
“The Reagan Foundation and Institute mourns the death of former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, a man who was once a political enemy of Ronald Reagan who eventually became a friend. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Gorbachev family and the Russian people.”
Former US Secretary of State James Baker III
“History will remember Mikhail Gorbachev as the giant who led his great country to democracy. He played an important role in the peaceful resolution of the Cold War with his decision not to use force to unite the empire … The free world misses him a lot. a lot.”
Former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice
“I am saddened to learn of the death of Mikhail Gorbachev. He was a man who tried to provide a better life for his people. His life was a consequence because, without him and his courage, it would be impossible to put end to the cold. War in peace.”
Former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney
“He was a great friend, which may seem surprising… He was a very pleasant person to be around and he had a great vision for the future of his country which goes against what is articulated now.History will remember him as a great transformational leader.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson
“I have always admired his courage and integrity in bringing the Cold War to a peaceful end…In times of aggression Cheese fries in Ukraine, his tireless commitment to the opening up of Soviet society remains an example for all of us.”
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