Gorbachev, Biden: “Rare and far-sighted leader, made the world safer”

The US president recalls: “He worked with President Reagan to reduce the nuclear arsenals of our two countries” and, “after decades of brutal political repression, he espoused democratic reforms”.

A “rare leader” with “extraordinary foresight”. Joe Biden remembers Mikhail Gorbachev, who died yesterday. “By the time he came to power, the Cold War had lasted for nearly 40 years and Communism had lasted even longer, with devastating consequences” and “few high-level Soviet officials dared to admit that things had to change,” one reads. statement released by the White House. “He has worked with President Reagan to reduce our two countries’ nuclear arsenals” and, “after decades of brutal political repression, he has espoused democratic reforms.”

“He believed in glasnost and perestroika not as mere slogans, but as the road for the people of the Soviet Union after so many years of isolation and deprivation”, he continues, speaking of “a rare leader, with the imagination to see that a a different future was possible and the courage to risk his entire career to make it happen “.

“The result has been a safer world and greater freedom for millions of people.” Biden then recalls a meeting with Gorbachev at the White House in 2009. “It was easy to understand why so many around the world esteemed him so much”, concludes the statement with condolences “to his family, friends and all the people who in the world have benefited from his confidence in a better world “.