Moscow : The comment made by the former President of Soviet Russia, Mikhail Gorbachev, that there exists a possibility for the countries who were a part of the erstwhile Soviet Union to come together to form a new Union of States,is creating a sensation. Gorbachev further added that this Union of States need not be based on the communist ideology and the participation to the Union would be entirely voluntary. The comments made by Gorbachev seem noteworthy when viewed in the light of Russia’s growing impact in Europe and the Asian Continents under the aggressive leadership of the present Russian President, Vladimir Putin.
After the dissolution of Soviet Russia in 1991, 16 countries were formed. 25 years have lapsed since then. Gorbachev was speaking to a news channel on the occasion to commemorate the event. Countries which were a part of the Soviet Russia-Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kirgizstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan could join Russia and form a new Union of States. The formation of this Union would not be based on the communist ideology. The decision to join the Union will not be forced on anyone and the participation will be voluntary, Gorbachev explained.
Russia would be the center point of this Union, and the Union would have a structure like the earlier Soviet Union Gorbachev stated. While speaking on the collapse of the Soviet Union, Gorbachev stated that the decision to dissolve the Union was taken to avoid a civil war. Had not the decision taken, a dangerous civil war with bloodshed would have triggered. With the decision to dissolve the Soviet Union the possibility of bloodshed was avoided, he said, after which he decided to relinquish his post of President. While speaking on the current political scene, Gorbachev fiercely criticized the stand taken by the western countries against the present Russian President.
In the west, media is being instructed to criticize Putin. As a result the Russian people have firmly supported Putin. Today, almost 86 percent of Russians support President. Soon this support could reach 120 percent, retorts Gorbachev. Russia has friendly relations with US, but the way Russia is being betrayed, the possibility of friendship seems difficult. Gorbachev blames western countries for trying to provoke President Putin and underestimating his leadership.
Indications are already received that Gorbachev’s vision of a new Union with Russia at the center could be a reality soon. The results of surveys held in the erstwhile Soviet states confirm the claims made by Gorbachev. More than half of the population of these countries have regretted leaving the Soviet Union.