Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev made a great contribution to the destruction of nuclear weapons, said Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida at a press conference, writes RIA Novosti .
He expressed his condolences on the death of the politician. According to Kisida, Gorbachev played an important role in restoring the situation with the division of Europe and the confrontation between the West and the East after the end of World War II.
“For the first time, he reached an agreement with the United States on the reduction of nuclear weapons. He is the man who led to the end of the Cold War,” he stressed. The prime minister recalled that during his first visit to Japan, the Soviet leader visited Nagasaki, and after he resigned as head of state, he visited Hiroshima in 1992. “I believe that as a world leader who agreed on the need to eliminate nuclear weapons, he left behind great achievements,” he praised the politician’s contribution.
Gorbachev died at the age of 91 on Tuesday, 30 August. He died after a long and severe illness. The politician had kidney problems, due to which, on the recommendation of doctors, he was in a medical institution for more than a year.