“I’m always with the free will of the people, and most in Crimea wanted to be reunited with Russia,” Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev stated in an interview to The Sunday Times
Ha also has expressed regret over the collapse of the Soviet Union that, according to him, was met by much exultation in Washington, which may be one of the reasons for current tensions in US-Russia relations. (Russia Today)
Ukraine threatens to ban Gorbachev from entering Europe after his statement over Crimea:
“We will reach out to our European partners through diplomatic channels to make sure he [Gorbachev] is not welcome in Europe and that his foundation that ignites hate between Russia and Ukraine doesn’t get investment”, Gerashchenko, a Verkhovna Rada deputy, told Govorit Moskva radio.