Dead Gorbachev, Mattarella: “Europeans are indebted to him”

“A distinguished statesman, he has raised very important expectations of change at home and abroad”

“It disappears a figure that has profoundly marked European history and world equilibrium in the last part of the twentieth century. “Thus the President of the Republic, Sergio Mattarella, on the disappearance of Mikhail Gorbachev.

“A distinguished statesman, since his election to the leadership of the USSR Gorbachev has aroused at home and abroad very important expectations of change. He tenaciously pursued the goal of improving the living conditions of his fellow citizens and opening up to the international community prospects of peace and collaboration that would have been unimaginable without his fundamental contribution, as later recognized with the awarding of the Nobel Prize. for peace “.

“In him lived sincere attachment to his roots and the ability to listen and understand the reasons of others, with the courage of the awareness that the preservation of peace represented the highest value and the keystone for building a better world for all. The debt towards him is great, especially on the part of the Europeans “.