Mikhail Gorbachev accuses the west and does not have a critical word about Putin´s blatant aggression in Ukraine:
The 83-year-old former leader has accused the west – particularly the US – of “triumphalism” after the collapse of the communist bloc.
Gorbachev called for new trust to be built through dialogue with Moscow and suggested the west should lift sanctions imposed against senior Russian officials over its actions in eastern Ukraine.
Before arriving in Berlin, he gave pointed backing to Russian president Vladimir Putin, saying the Ukraine crisis offered an “excuse” for the US to victimise Russia: “I am absolutely convinced that Putin protects Russia’s interests better than anyone else.”
In an interview with the Interfax news agency, Gorbachev admitted that Putin was not above criticism, but he said he did not want others to pick on the Russian leader.
As they say in Finland, "A Russkie is always a Russkie, even when fried with butter".
Gorbachev apparently wants to secure himself a first class ticket in Putin´s thugocracy when it is time to leave ...