MOSCOW, March 14, /ITAR-TASS/. Resolution of the Ukrainian crisis should be supported by citizens of Russia and Ukraine and “prevent another Cold War”, believes former USSR President Mikhail Gorbachev.
“My view, my urge hold good. The main thing is to halt the dangerous escalation, find a resolution that would be supported by the citizens of Ukraine and Russia, prevent another Cold War,” says the letter released on Gorbachev’s site in response to political scientist Vitaly Tretyakov’s open letter to the former president.
“The Russian President is keeping in touch with leaders of other countries almost every day now. Active diplomatic contacts are in process, and I would not like to interfere,” says Gorbachev.
Gorbachev sees the reason of the current events in “disruption of the Perestroika, in thoughtless adventurist “dissolution of the Soviet Union”.
“I was struggling to preserve a united nation with all political - I want to underscore that - means available. Before and after the collusion among the leaders of Russia, Ukraine and Belarus in the Belovezhskaya Pushcha I warned about the dangers of the then Russian government’s disastrous actions,” says Gorbachev. “Alas, they did not heed my warnings. The Supreme Soviet of the Russian Federation approved destruction of the Soviet Union to applause, without saying a word about Crimea and Sevastopol.”
“The media’s responsibility is especially great nowadays. They should not ignite passions, inflame the atmosphere,” believes Gorbachev. “Let’s remember that we are talking about the two countries, the two nations linked with century-long bonds. By no means can we permit a tragic split between them. We need to help the people achieve an accord.”