Gorbachev to use Berlin Wall festivities to ‘defend Putin’

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Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev is scheduled to take part in the festivities commemorating the 25th anniversary of the fall of the WallFormer Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev said on Thursday he would seek to defend Vladimir Putin’s policies when he travels to Germany for ceremonies commemorating the fall of the Berlin Wall this week. Gorbachev, who is praised for his decision not to use force to quell uprisings in Eastern Europe, allowing the Berlin Wall to fall, said that Washington did Moscow wrong and Putin was the best man for the job of protecting the country’s interests.

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