Russian President Vladimir Putin has expressed his “deepest condolences” to the relatives and friends of Mikhail Gorbachev, saying the former Soviet leader “had a huge impact on the course of world history.”
The official letter was published on the Kremlin’s website.
Putin said Gorbachev led “our country during a period of complex, dramatic changes, large-scale foreign policy, and economic and social challenges,” adding that “he deeply understood that reforms were necessary.”
“I will especially note the great humanitarian, charitable, and educational activities that Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev has been conducting in recent years.
“Once again, I ask you to accept my sincere words of sympathy and support in connection with the loss that has befallen you.”