Gorbachev urges mutually acceptable solution in Ukraine crisis, to prevent ‘new Cold War’
March 14, 2014Mikhail Gorbachev blames the current situation in Ukraine on the failure of Perestroika and the hasty breakup of the Soviet Union. He added that the media should stop adding to the tension preventing a tragic schism between two brotherly nations.
In a letter published on his website on Friday the former Soviet President and Nobel Peace Prize winner said that his position on the Ukrainian crisis remains unchanged. “Our main task is to stop the dangerous escalation and find a solution that would be supported by Ukrainian and Russian citizens and prevent a new Cold War,” the message reads.
At the same time, Gorbachev wrote that he would prefer not to get personally involved in the talks and the diplomatic contacts President Vladimir Putin is having with other national leaders almost daily.
Gorbachev refers to the events of late 1991 when the three heads of the Soviet Union’s internal republics –Boris Yeltsin of the Russian Federation, Stanislav Shushkevich of Belarus and Leonid Kravchuk of Ukraine signed a pact on the succession of the Soviet Union in the Belavezha Forest government residence in Belarus. The agreement allowed the ex-soviet republics to become independent states within the Soviet administrative borders and according to it the Crimean Peninsula, populated mostly with ethnic Russians and Russian speakers, remained with Ukraine, even though it was officially made Ukrainian territory in 1954 as a goodwill gesture from the Soviet leader Nikita Khruschev.
In his Friday letter Gorbachev also said that in modern times the responsibility of the media was especially great. “You must not stir up passions and kindle the atmosphere. Let us remember that we are dealing with two peoples that are connected with ages-long ties. We cannot allow a tragic schism and must help the people to achieve accord,” the ex-Soviet leader wrote.
Seems to me that Gorby is far more qualified to offer solutions than the current crop of idiots in DC....Maybe the MIC should call Gorby and be prepared to learn a bit of history... Naaah, the arrogant know-it-alls in the current admins wouldn't think of consulting the experts.
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