Gorbachev’s interpreter responds to Russia-Ukraine crise, escalated tensions since the end of Cold War


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It is difficult to understand why tensions between Russia and Ukraine are escalating. Three decades ago, the Cold War was ended with so much fanfare that most people believed the world would be a safer place. However, many diplomats are deeply disappointed at the current developments.

Pavel Palazhchenko is the former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev’s translator It is also one of the most popular.

He was there for the important moments of the Cold War’s end, along with Soviet and American leaders. They carefully transmitted their messages to him. Fox News reported that Palazhchenko hoped all would not be lost and that the lessons and spirit of that time could help him in times of crisis. He said that while a lot of the legacy from former President Reagan or Gorbachev had been lost, something was still with him. 

Palazhchenko said that “we still have the experience of two countries that are very different on many issues working together in order to address some challenges that the globe is facing today.” Although some of the challenges are not new, they were there 30-40 years ago. He noted that the world would be extremely hard if it didn’t have Russia or the United States.

Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev with President Ronald Reagan.

Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev pictured with President Ronald Reagan
(AP, File)

Fox News asked Palazhchenko how it felt to work with Gorbachev. His explanation of how it was difficult to get to the Cold War end, he stated, “I liked working for him, even though it wasn’t all roses.” But, we did it. It was a great honor to be able to stand near the Tsar Cannon in Moscow in 1988 when President Reagan visited. [someone]When asked if he considered the Soviet Union to be an evil empire, his answer was no. That was another time. That was one of the highlights,” the interpreter said.   

Palazhchenko worked alongside President George H.W. Bush, the actual one who was in office at the end of the Cold War. He said that he enjoyed seeing the relationships between Reagan and Gorbachev develop. He was asked whether he had ever seen the harsh rhetoric that is so prevalent between the sides. However, he stated that he did hear Reagan speak tough about Gorbachev.

Palazhchenko explained that she was at Reagan’s beginning difficult talk, calling out Marxism-Leninism and criticizing Marxist-Leninist doctrines. She continued the diatribe for several more minutes.

He added, however that Gorbachev had ultimately found his in. Reagan’s statement that arms control is more important than reduction was a happy moment for him and the two of them began to talk. [Reykjavík, Iceland]Palazhchenko spoke of a “world without nuclear weapons”. Gorbachev was extremely perceptive in recognising Reagan’s opposition to nuclear weapons. On many issues, they were poles apart, but Gorbachev came to believe that Reagan was for real in his rejection of nuclear weapons and Gorbachev said, ‘This is what we share. We can make it work.’”

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He said, “Those were my highlights in my career. I don’t know when I will be able to return to those goals or the two countries working towards them, but it would be a great pleasure to.”

Palazhchenko is busy with the Gorbachev Center. His own paper has recently been published on how to reduce military risks in Europe. The West-Russian relations are a result of mutual disappointment, which he said was due to too many illusions by both sides about what life would look like after the Cold War.

Palazhchenko stated that the West has ignored Russia’s security issues for too long and therefore failed to grasp the mentality or psychology of Russia. He said, “That has an effect.” “All of us are human beings. Russian leaders can be considered human beings. Therefore, when they raise NATO enlargement time after time, and it continues unabated, it causes resentment.”

Naturally, many people call NATO expansion a red herring and a reason to avoid the prize that is Ukraine. This, President Vladimir Putin just wants to claim at all cost.

Palazhchenko claimed that Gorbachev had been troubled by the current situation. According to him, the Soviet ex-leader always believed that Russia and Ukraine would fall apart, although not necessarily in this way. He warned of dangers between Russia and Ukraine. But he did everything he could to help bring them closer, rather than continue the rift we see growing. According to Palazhchenko, the situation is extremely tragic emotionally for him.” Fox News.

Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin in Moscow on Feb. 14.

Vladimir Putin, Russian President, at the Kremlin Moscow on February 14.
(ALEXEI NIKOLSKY/Sputnik/AFP via Getty Images, File)

It’s horrible for the families that have been divided by this conflict.

Palazhchenko stated that he believed that the moment’s “megaphone diplomacy”, as it is known, might have to be lowered a bit and quieter work would prove more successful. After being completely blindsided by Russia’s 2014 annexation of Crimea, the United States made a decision strategically to challenge Russia. It will be interesting to see if this has the intended effect, or if Russia continues digging deeper. The 150,000 Russian troops that are currently threatening Ukraine do not seem to be moving anywhere. Many ordinary citizens from Kyiv, Kharkiv, Moscow are worried about the future. 


Fox News interviewed Palazhchenko, who said that the Cold War was over partly because it had been nearly predestined or because it took its own path, although much of the conclusion was character-driven.

“We must see leaders take on their responsibility,” he stated. They will be supported by the Russians and Americans if they begin to unravel the mess we see.

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