Former Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev stated on Friday that after declaring victory in the Cold War, the Americans got overconfident and attempted to construct a new empire under the cover of NATO. In a recent interview with RIA Novosti, Gorbachev blasted Washington for getting overconfident following the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, claiming that Washington became too enamored with “triumphalist emotion in the West.” “The United States grew too arrogant, self-assured, and conceited. They declared victory in the Cold War. We were bringing the globe together to avoid a conflict, a nuclear race. Instead, the ‘victors’ chose to create a new empire,” he explained.
America’s colonial interests, as per Gorbachev, are the motive why Washington has consistently backed NATO expansion eastward since 1991. Gorbachev not only targeted the White House, but also the Russian authorities for abandoning prior initiatives to construct European collective security. However, the ex-president expressed optimism that Russian President Vladimir Putin and his American counterpart Joe Biden may be able to reach an agreement at the planned security meetings between the two countries. “I agree with you. I’m hoping for a positive outcome.” He described it as “one that will make all European countries feel protected.”
Russia produced two tentative papers the week before outlining a list of security guarantees that it seeks from the US and NATO. The proposed accords contain limitations on NATO expansion as well as soldiers, military equipment, and weapon stationing near the Russian border. The first round of document talks is slated to start in January. Gorbachev, who commanded the Soviet Union from 1985 until its demise in 1991, is widely regarded as one of the most influential people in twentieth-century history. While he has a good image outside of Russia, he is seen quite differently within the nation. Many people hold him responsible for the post-Soviet economic catastrophe, which resulted in a sharp drop in living conditions and a lowering of Moscow’s international standing.