World leaders pay tribute to the former Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev

Mikhail Gorbachev, the last Soviet Union leader who ended the Cold War, passed away on Tuesday at the age of 91, as per Russian officials.

World leaders paid their tributes to the renowned Russian leader. Scroll below to read more:

For Russian President Vladimir Putin, his spokesperson, Dmitry Peskov, in a conversation with Interfax news agency, said that the president offers his sincere condolences. The president will telegram his loved ones to express his sympathies.

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The US President Joe Biden said that the former Soviet leader had a remarkable vision. He added that Gorbachev worked with President Reagan to lower the nuclear arsenals of the two countries. Biden said, “The result was a safer world and greater freedom for millions of people.”

The UN General Secretary Antonio Guterres commented on the loss, saying that the world has lost a towering global leader, a dedicated multilateralist, and a tireless advocate for peace. Guterres described Gorbachev as “a one-of-a-kind statesman who changed the course of history. He did more than any other individual to bring about the peaceful end of the Cold War,” Reuters reported.

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French President Emanuel Macron said Gorbachev was a person of peace whose decisions gave Russians a road to follow. It was his devotion to peace in Europe that changed history.

Many leaders, like German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, and British Prime Minster Boris Johnson, paid their condolences in tweets.

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Mario Draghi, the Italian Prime Minister, said, “Mikhail Gorbachev … put an end to the experience of the Soviet Union with courage and determination… His desire for peace and his opposition to an imperialist vision of Russia earned him the Nobel Prize. These messages are as relevant as ever in the face of the tragedy of the invasion of Ukraine.” 

(With inputs from agencies)