SHAFAQNA (Shia International News Association) – Russian President Vladimir Putin saved the country from falling apart, former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev said during the presentation of his new book ‘After the Kremlin.’ “I think all of us Russian citizens must remember that (Putin) saved Russia from the beginning of a collapse. A lot of the regions did not recognise our constitution. There were over a hundred local constitutional variations from that of the Russian constitution,” RIA Novosti quoted Gorbachev as saying on Friday (26 Dec.).
He added that saving Russia during that crucial period was a “historical deed.” Regarding the situation in Ukraine, he said the armed stand-off must be immediately stopped and both sides need to come to the negotiating table.
“All of us are concerned by what is happening in Ukraine – politicians and the public. And the fact that our government is supporting the people who are in trouble there, no matter how hard things are at home, it is what always distinguished us,” Gorbachev said.