Environmentalists Against War
Home | Say NO! To War | Action! | Information | Media Center | Who We Are

 

 

Mikhail Gorbachev: 'America Needs a Perestroika'


February 9, 2015
RT News & ITAR-TASS Russian News Agency

The US needs reforms similar to those during Perestroika in the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev told RT's Sophie Shevardnadze. The former Soviet leader also spoke about Washington's policy of pressure and intervention into conflicts. Gorbachev stressed the need for political and economic reforms in the US, saying "they need a Perestroika" (translated from Russian as "restructuring"). "Americans do not want a war," Gorbachev observed, "but it is not easy for them, with the society that they have."

http://rt.com/news/214367-us-needs-perestroika-gorbachev/

Mikhail Gorbachev: 'America Needs a Perestroika'
RT News

(December 17, 2014) -- The US needs reforms similar to those during Perestroika in the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev told RT's Sophie Shevardnadze. The former Soviet leader also spoke about Washington's policy of pressure and intervention into conflicts.

Gorbachev stressed the need for political and economic reforms in the US, saying "they need a Perestroika" (translated from Russian as "restructuring"), referring to the political movement carried out during his rule in the 1980s.

"They can call it any name they want, the American way," he said, adding that "Americans do not want a war. But it is not easy for them, with the society that they have."

The US uses tensions and instability to intervene into a conflict, then creates an enemy to enable their "policy of pressure" and shift responsibility, he said.

"Whenever tensions are high, whenever there's instability in a certain country or throughout the region, it's an opportunity for [the US] to intervene," said Gorbachev.

"I am quite familiar with this policy from my own experience," added the former Soviet leader. Gorbachev has come into the spotlight in recent months, warning Western and Russian leaders against dragging the world into a new Cold War amid the Ukraine crisis.

During his interview with RT, Gorbachev explained that there were always two sides to the conflict in the 20th century – "one was supported by the United States, and the other by the Soviet Union."

"The US needs an enemy in order to return to their old policy of pressure. They can't live without it. They are still enslaved by their old policy," he elaborated.

Speaking on the Ukraine crisis, he said that the current situation is similar, with the US looking for "some pretext to interfere...they need an enemy figure, and they are doing it again."

READ MORE:
Gorbachev: It's up to Europe to prevent new Cold War between US and Russia

West should stop dragging Ukraine into NATO – Gorbachev



Mikhail Gorbachev: America Needs a Perestroika
Sophie&Co / RT News



(December 19, 2014) -- The Ukrainian issue has intensified the tension that existed between the West and Russia: now, another Cold War is possibly lurking on the horizon. Are we to witness another stand-off - or will it be averted? The relations between Russia and the West seem to be stuck at dead-end, so is there hope common ground will emerge between the two? We ask these questions to the man who prides himself on ending the Cold War, the last leader of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev.

Posted in accordance with Title 17, Section 107, US Code, for noncommercial, educational purposes.

back

 

 

Stay Connected
Sign up to receive our weekly updates. We promise not to sell, trade or give away your email address.
Email Address:
Full Name:
 

 

Search Environmentalists Against War website

 

Home | Say NO! To War | Action! | Information | Media Center | Who We Are