If Putin-Obama negotiations restore mutual confidence policy that will mean a great deal - Gorbachev

Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev hopes for positive changes in international negotiations.

Former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev hopes for positive changes in international negotiations after the substantive negotiations the Russian and U.S. leaders have had in New York.

"The fact that Vladimir Putin and Barack Obama have found a way not just to meet but also to discuss most pressing issues of the global agenda under the current circumstances and in this complicated situation inspires very big hopes. One should not think which of them has won and which has lost, this is totally unconstructive. We should support them because we should stick to positive thinking," Gorbachev told Interfax on Thursday.

"If their negotiations and agreements yield a return to the cooperation policy, that would be a great deal," Gorbachev said.

He sarcastically recalled claims of certain politicians that it would take a hundred years to restore the policy of cooperation between Russia and the United States. "The presidents have proven that these guesses are absurd," Gorbachev said.

The former Soviet president wished the two leaders "to take the cause of peace in their hands and to demonstrate their wisdom or even bravery if necessary."

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