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Kissinger warns of West’s ‘fatal mistake’ that may lead to new Cold War

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 16, 2014

Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger (Reuters / Gero Breloer / Pool)

                           Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger (Reuters / Gero Breloer / Pool)

Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger has given a chilling assessment of a new geopolitical situation taking shape amid the Ukrainian crisis, warning of a possible new Cold War and calling the West’s approach to the crisis a “fatal mistake.”

The 91-year-old diplomat characterized the tense relations as exhibiting the danger of “another Cold War.”

“This danger does exist and we can’t ignore it,” Kissinger said. He warned that ignoring this danger any further may result in a “tragedy,” he told Germany’s Der Spiegel.

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CrossTalk: Farewell USSR!

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 26, 2011

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Mikhail Gorbachev Criticizes Vladimir Putin, Says Russia Needs Change

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 17, 2011

Gorbachev already changed USSR into Russia and so on. What else needs to be changed?
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Lithuania wants to probe Gorbachev over 1991 bloody crackdown

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 12, 2011

Lithuania has asked Moscow to help organize the interrogation of former USSR President Mikhail Gorbachev about the

Mikhail Gorbachev, 1991 (RIA Novosti / STF)

events of January 13, 1991, when 14 people died and some 700 were injured as a result of military clashes in the capital, Vilnius.

“The Prosecutor General’s office sent the Russian Federation a formal request for legal assistance in the probe of the former president of the USSR,” reads an official statement of the body. Lithuanian prosecutors pointed out that they want to question him as a witness. Mikhail Gorbachev, who was in power from 1985 to 1991, as the Soviet Union was coming apart, is likely to become a key witness in the case. 

The bloody events of 1991, when Special Forces took Vilnius television tower and then stormed the television center, were a crackdown by the Soviet leadership against the Baltic state’s independence drive.

As for Gorbachev, he was against “tough measures”. There are recordings of his telephone conversation with the American president at the time, George Bush, in which he confirms his stance and says that he is being pressured by some forces in the Supreme Soviet for introducing direct presidential ruling in the republic, something he does not support. 

Lithuania was recognized by Moscow as an independent state in September 1991. Since then it has been seeking justice for the victims of the crackdown. Through the 1990s, six Lithuanian Soviet-era officials were convicted and sentenced to prison terms. However, Lithuanian authorities have been unable to try the period’s Soviet garrison commander, General Vladimir Uskhopchik who settled in neighboring Belarus, which is unwilling to extradite him. Until last year, trial in absentia was impossible in Lithuania. But recent amendments to the law allowed the case to be resumed. There are now 23 suspects, of which 21 are Russian nationals and two are citizens of Belarus.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Gorbachev: Putin Shows ‘Incredible Conceit’ And Russian Voter Disrespect

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on February 21, 2011

Hello Mr. Gorbachev, do you think you will have future in Russian politics? There will be no more peace Nobel Prize for you again.
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