Dimitry Zarechnyak, a former interpreter for the 40th US President Ronald Reagan, said that the American leader valued the personality of the first President of the USSR Mikhail Gorbachev and his actions in the field of freedom of speech in the Soviet Union, reports RIA Novosti .
Zarechnyak revealed Reagan’s opinion of Gorbachev and stated that the head of the United States considered the Soviet leader “a unique person who really changed the course of affairs in the Soviet Union and, I think, this was Gorbachev’s main achievement.” “President Reagan understood this and took advantage of it,” noted an interpreter who attended the 1985 Geneva summit. of course, they knew about him, that he began to allow freedom of speech in the Soviet Union.” The translator added that “general expectations from the meeting were good, and everything that happened around only supported them.” The summit lasted almost two hours, which included negotiations between delegations and tête-à-tête between the presidents.
“I agree with the opinion that Gorbachev was a representative of great politicians such as who are considered Reagan, Thatcher and him, everything changed after them, ”said Zarechnyak.
The former president of the Soviet Union died at the age of 92 after a serious and prolonged illness on the evening of August 30 According to media reports, before his death, Gorbachev arrived at the Central Clinical Hospital for a hemodialysis procedure. Surrounded by the Soviet politician, they rejected the coronavirus as the cause of death.
Farewell to Gorbachev will take place on Saturday, September 3. The Soviet leader will be buried at the Novodevichy Cemetery, farewell to him will take place in the Hall of Columns in Moscow.