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Former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney says the last leader of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev, was a “great man” who will be “greatly missed” on the world stage.
Gorbachev, who carried out dramatic reforms during his seven years in power that led to the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, died today at the age of 91 in a Moscow hospital.
Mulroney says that while U.S. President Ronald Reagan gets much of the credit for ending the Cold War without a shot being fired, “it takes two to tango” and Gorbachev was an indispensable leader on the other side.
The former prime minister says he first met Gorbachev in March 1985 and saw him as a breath of fresh air compared to the “stuffy, rambunctious and visionary” Soviet leaders he was used to.
He recalls meeting Reagan a few days later in Quebec City and telling the president he expected Gorbachev to be an excellent interlocutor.
Gorbachev won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1990 for his role in ending the Cold War and easing nuclear tensions, but was ridiculed at home as the Soviet Union collapsed.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published on August 30, 2022.
— With files from The Associated Press.