Pushkov told about the "geopolitical capitulation" Gorbachev
Senator Alexei Pushkov has responded to the reaction of the first President of the USSR Mikhail Gorbachev on charges of "geopolitical capitulation", the newspaper "Moskovsky Komsomolets"
Earlier, 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 "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's statement called vellus "nonsense".
According to him, the Soviet Union suffered a political, economic and moral damage. The Senator questioned the validity of the version that Gorbachev in the end of 80-ies was not up to foreign policy.
The Senator stressed that there was a variant, according to which Germany would remain in NATO, but Moscow would get a guarantee that the block has not expanded to the East. In the case of the tough stance of the USSR the US was ready for it. In particular, Secretary of state James Baker suggested leaving the Soviet troops in Germany as a guarantee of this. However, Gorbachev gave the green light for membership of a United Germany in NATO, by putting conditions and trying to achieve neutral status, and also ordered to withdraw from its territory by Soviet troops.
Pushkov concluded that then was laid the foundations of a new European order, which was extremely unfavourable for the Soviet Union. He encourages to understand the lessons "surrender July" Gorbachev in Arkhyz.