‘America needs a Perestroika’ According to Gorbachev

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(Newswire.net — December 15, 2014)  — Mikhail Gorbachev has become one of the leading figures in the late 20th century upon the creation of ‘Perestroika’, a huge reform in the Russia. These reforms led to the tearing down of the Berlin Wall which reunited West and East Germany. Reunited Germany later become the largest economy in Europe.

Gorbachev told RT’s Sophie Shevardnadze, that the US needs political and economical reforms similar to Russian ‘Perestroika’, the Russian word for ‘restructuring’. The former Soviet leader also spoke about Washington’s policy of pressure and intervention into conflicts.

“They can call it any name they want, the American way,” he said, adding that “Americans do not want a war. But it is not easy for them, with the society that they have.”

The US uses tensions and instability to intervene into a conflict, then creates an enemy to enable their “policy of pressure” and shift responsibility, he said.

“Whenever tensions are high, whenever there’s instability in a certain country or throughout the region, it’s an opportunity for [the US] to intervene,” said Gorbachev.

Gorbachev said he is “quite familiar with this policy from my own experience.” The former Soviet leader has come into the spotlight in recent months, warning Western and Russian leaders against dragging the world into a new Cold War amid the Ukraine crisis.

In the 20th century, there were always two sides to the conflict, “one was supported by the United States, and the other by the Soviet Union,” Gorbachev said.  

“The US needs an enemy in order to return to their old policy of pressure. They can’t live without it. They are still enslaved by their old policy,” he elaborated.

Speaking on the Ukraine crisis, he said that the current situation is similar, with the US looking for “some pretext to interfere…they need an enemy figure, and they are doing it again.”