Kremlin: Gorbachev's Western romanticism unjustified

STORY: Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the hopes of Gorbachev, who died on Tuesday (August 30) aged 91, for cordial relations between the Soviet Union and the West "did not work out," adding that the "bloodthirstiness of our opponents showed itself."

Gorbachev's reforms heralded the end of the Cold War but also hastened the collapse of the Soviet Union after less than seven years in power.