Johnson pays tribute to Gorbachev’s ‘extraordinary’ work


UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been adding to his earlier tribute to Mikhail Gorbachev, describing the former Soviet leader as someone who changed the world for the better.

“When you look at what he did to make Europe whole, free to give freedom to the countries of the former Soviet Union, it was a quite extraordinary thing,” he says.

“Of course, Mikhail Gorbachev was one of those people who triggered a series of changes that perhaps he didn’t anticipate. Maybe he paid his own political price for it.

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Quote Message: But when history is written he will be I think one of the authors of fantastic change for the better in the world.

“What I worry about today is that the current leadership in Moscow is intent on undoing the good Gorbachev did and is intent on a revenge-driven attempt to recreate that Soviet Empire.

“And you are seeing that in Ukraine. That is the tragedy [and] something I think Gorbachev would have thought was unthinkable, unwarranted and irrational.”

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