Gorbachev “knew how to open Russia to dialogue and compromise”, says Marcelo

The President of the Republic calls the former leader of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev, who died on Tuesday, as “a remarkable figure, who will go down in the history of Russia and the world”.

In a note published on the Presidency of the Republic’s Internet portal, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa evokes the former head of state as a man who “knew how to open Russia to the concert of Nations, to dialogue and compromise, ending the isolation of the Soviet Union and allowing the liberation of numerous nations that constituted it”.

“It was also the end of the iron curtain and the conflictual tension that characterized the entire cold war, from the end of the second world war to the last decade of the last century”, he adds.

The note also reads that the President “pays tribute to this remarkable figure, who will remain in the history of Russia and the world”.

The Portuguese Government has also commented on the death of the former leader of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev, with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MNE) considering that it represents the loss of one of the great personalities of the 20th century, who contributed to a free Europe.

Former Soviet Union leader Mikhail died on Tuesday at the age of 91, Russian news agencies Tass, RIA Novosti and Interfax said, citing the Central Clinical Hospital.

The former General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU), between 1985 and 1991, unleashed a series of changes that resulted in the collapse of the authoritarian Soviet state, the liberation of Eastern European nations from Russian rule and the end of decades of East-West nuclear confrontation.

Tass reported that the former head of state will be buried at the Novodevichy cemetery in Moscow, next to his wife.

According to Interfax, the last leader of the Soviet Union will not be entitled to a state funeral in his home country.

Source: Renascença – Noticias by rr.sapo.pt.

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