Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida expressed his condolences on the death of General Secretary of the CPSU Central Committee, the first and only President of the USSR Mikhail Gorbachev.
“He has achieved great success as a world leader who supported the abolition of nuclear weapons. I would like to express my sincere condolences,” Kishida said at a press conference.
The Japanese prime minister also noted that Gorbachev played an important role “in overcoming the division of Europe and the confrontation between East and West after World War II and put an end to the Cold War by concluding the first ever treaty between the US and the USSR on the reduction of nuclear weapons.”
Mikhail Gorbachev died on August 30 at the age of 92. The Central Clinical Hospital stated that the politician died “after a severe and prolonged illness.” At the beginning of the summer, the Gorbachev Foundation noted that Gorbachev had kidney problems and had been undergoing hemodialysis for several years.