Pushkov commented on Gorbachev's reaction to accusations of surrender

Senator Alexei Pushkov praised the reaction of the first President of the USSR Mikhail Gorbachev on charges of "geopolitical surrender."

The Senator referred to the statement of the speaker of the German government Steffen Seibert, who described how 30 years ago at a meeting with the leadership of Germany in Arkhyz, the Soviet leader agreed to a United Germany's joining NATO. Pushkov has called these actions a geopolitical capitulation. According to him, Gorbachev at that time was more concerned with getting the Nobel peace prize than national interests.

In response, the former Soviet leader called the statement nonsense fluff.

"Claim "nonsense" in response to the facts — not denial. Seibert confirmed that Gorbachev gave the green light for membership of a United Germany in NATO, by putting conditions and trying to achieve neutral status," — said Pushkov.

According to him, the Soviet President tried to convince the Secretary of the Central Committee Valentin Falin, Gorbachev but his opinion was not heeded.