Mikhail Gorbachev, former president of the Soviet Union, stated that the United States needs a complex of political reforms similar to Soviet Perestroika.
MOSCOW, December 15 (Sputnik) — The United States needs a complex
of political reforms similar to Perestroika in the Soviet Union and a
review of its outdated policy of intervention into global affairs, the
last Soviet leader, Mikhail Gorbachev told the RT broadcaster Monday.
"They can call it any name they want, the American way," Gorbachev said in the interview.
"Americans do not want a war. But it is not easy for them, with the society that they have," the ex-Soviet leader added. Perestroika, which literary means "restructuring", was a political
movement within the Communist party of the USSR that was initiated
by Gorbachev in the late 1980s aiming to restructure the Soviet economy
The United States is "still enslaved by their old policy"
of pressure, and so uses political instabilities across the globe as an
opportunity for intervention, according to Gorbachev.
Gorbachev stressed that the United States has its reasons for its
international decisions, but they have to make those decisions only
in partnership with other countries.
Referring to the crisis in Ukraine, Gorbachev noted that the United
States used it as "some pretext to interfere… they need an enemy figure,
and they are doing it again".
The relations between Russia and the United States deteriorated
significantly in March following Crimea's reunification with Russia.
The United States along with a number of other countries imposed
several rounds of sanctions against Russia accusing it of meddling
in Ukraine's internal affairs and escalating tensions in the crisis-torn
country. Russia has repeatedly denied the accusations.