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Kissinger mourns Gorbachev’s unfulfilled vision — Analysis

Former US diplomat said the last Soviet leader started “historic transformations” of benefit to the world

Mikhail Gorbachev performed a tremendous service to humanity, but was eventually destroyed by the passions that he unleashed. This statement came Tuesday from Henry Kissinger, the former Secretary of State of the USA, in reaction to the passing of the Soviet leader. 

“The people of eastern Europe and the German people, and in the end the Russian people, owe him a great debt of gratitude for the inspiration, for the courage in coming forward with these ideas of freedom,” Kissinger, 99, told BBC’s Newsnight.

Gorbachev “performed great services but he was not able to implement all of his visions,”Kissinger stated that, and added that he “was in part destroyed by the developing ideas for which his society was not yet fully ready.”

Soviet Union “did not prove capable of implementing the full vision that he had put before them,”Gorbachev “will still be remembered in history as a man who started historic transformations that were to the benefit of mankind and to the Russian people,”Kissinger.




“Even though he did not prove strong enough to resist the passions that he unleashed, he performed a great service to humanity by what he started, [by] what was implemented in considerable part,”The retired diplomat said so.

Gorbachev (91) died in Moscow on Tuesday. In 1985, he was elected the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. He also became the First President of the USSR in 1990. He would also become the last president of the Soviet Union, which was disintegrated in 1991.

Kissinger, the US national security advisor (1969-1975) and secretary-of-state (January 1977-1977), was Kissinger. 

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