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Gorbachev barred from visiting Ukraine over Crimea remarks

Published 26/05/2016

Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev
Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev

The Ukrainian intelligence agency SBU says it has barred the last leader of the Soviet Union, Mikhail Gorbachev, from visiting Ukraine for the next five years.

The SBU said in a statement that this was a reaction to Mr Gorbachev's public condoning of the 2014 Russian annexation of Crimea.

The Sunday Times quoted 85-year old Mr Gorbachev as saying that he would have acted the same way as Russian President Vladimir Putin if he had found himself in a similar situation.

Mr Gorbachev oversaw the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 and has been lauded worldwide for encouraging the reunification of Germany and largely allowing former Soviet satellites in eastern Europe to break away from Moscow's orbit.

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