Russian President Vladimir Putin in an interview with the American Director Oliver stone commented on the events of the Soviet collapse, when it was a nascent form of interaction of Russia with the countries of the West. The head of state said that Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev made a mistake, discuss with partners the non-expansion of NATO to the East, but not having signed the relevant documents. The first and last President of the USSR does not agree with this criticism.
In an interview with stone Putin said: “When the question of German unification and the subsequent withdrawal of Soviet troops from Eastern Europe, then the officials in the United States and the NATO Secretary General, then everyone said in one of the Soviet Union can be sure that the Eastern border of NATO would not be pushed further than the current Eastern border of the GDR It was not recorded on paper. This error is on the part of Gorbachev. In politics you need things fixed”.
“As for the “mistakes” of Gorbachev, then in those conditions to even discuss such a question was legally impossible. Until July 1991, there were two military-political blocs – NATO and the Warsaw Pact. The members of the police Department, this issue was not raised,” – said Gorbachev on Tuesday.
According to him, he is perplexed, he wondered what caused such a statement to Putin. Gorbachev urged to remember the achievements of those years in the field of international security.
“Held a historic meeting of the heads of the US and Soviet Union in Geneva, in Reykjavik, in Malta. They ultimately led to the creation of prerequisites and signing of the indefinite Agreement on the complete elimination of all intermediate-range nuclear forces (INF), the Treaty on the limitation of strategic offensive arms SNV-1, of the Treaty on conventional armed forces in Europe, the unification of Germany and finally to the end of the cold war,” recalled Gorbachev.
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