Statement from Secretary Baker on the Death of Mikhail Gorbachev
“History will remember Mikhail Gorbachev as a giant who steered his great nation toward democracy. He played the critical role in a peaceful conclusion of the Cold War by his decision against using force to hold the empire together. I found him to be an honest broker and could count on his word despite domestic pressure in Moscow. The free world misses him greatly.”
— James A. Baker, III
61st U.S. Secretary of State
Read Secretary Baker's guest essay, "Why Gorbachev Mattered," in the Sept. 6, 2022, New York Times.