Orban to fly to Moscow for farewell ceremony for Gorbachev

The farewell ceremony for Gorbachev takes place in the Hall of Columns in the center of Moscow. According to Peskov, there are no plans for a personal meeting between Orban and Putin. -width: 320px) and (-webkit-min-device-pixel-ratio: 2), (max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >

Viktor Orban

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban will fly to Moscow for a farewell ceremony for the first president of the USSR, Mikhail Gorbachev. This was announced by the press secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov, RIA Novosti reports.

According to him, Orban's meeting with Vladimir Putin is not planned.

The farewell ceremony for Gorbachev takes place on Saturday in the Hall of Columns in the center of Moscow from 10:00, then Gorbachev will be buried at the Novodevichy cemetery next to his wife Raisa Maksimovna.

The ex-president of the USSR died on the evening of August 30 in Moscow, he was 91 years old. The Central Clinical Hospital clarified that Gorbachev died after a severe and prolonged illness. Recently, he suffered from kidney disease, this was discussed at the beginning of the summer at the Gorbachev Foundation. They reported that the politician had undergone hemodialysis for the past few years.

The politician will be buried at the Novodevichy Cemetery next to his wife Raisa, who died in 1999. According to the press secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov, the ceremony will include elements of a state funeral, including a guard, the state will also help in organizing it. Russian President Vladimir Putin will not be able to attend the ceremony due to the schedule, but he has already visited the Central Clinical Hospital and said goodbye to the politician.

In addition to Russian statesmen, Western officials expressed their condolences on the death of the first president of the USSR. For example, US President Joe Biden called Gorbachev an imaginative man “able to see that another future is possible.” Former German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that he showed how “one statesman can change the world for the better.”

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