Speaker of the United Germany’s government Steffen Seibert says that 30 years ago, during a meeting with the German leadership in Arkhyz, in the Caucasus, Mikhail Gorbachev “suddenly agreed to the United Germany’s membership in NATO”:
He also pledged to implement a unilateral withdrawal of Soviet troops from German territory before 1994. It is significant that Chancellor Kohl and German foreign Minister Genscher were waiting for the reaction of the head of the USSR. Taking into account the Potsdam agreements and the legal presence of a Group of Soviet troops in East Germany numbering 338,000, much still depended on Moscow. Gorbachev could at least set conditions, not to mention that he could oppose and demand a neutral status for new united Germany. But he was already on the path of geopolitical capitulation and was apparently more interested in winning the Nobel Peace prize than in the country’s national interests.
On 15.10.1990, shortly after his acceptance of United Germany’s membership in NATO, Gorbachev received the coveted prize. For services to the Western Alliance.
Last week, the speaker of Duma Vyacheslav Volodin had analyzed Russia’s international treaties for compliance with the Constitution. He recalled recently adopted amendments to the Constitution, one of which establishes the supremacy of the provisions of our basic law over international treaties.
“We consider this rule extremely important, and after its entry into force, it would be correct to analyze today all the interstate agreements within the framework of international organizations that formed the legal framework in this area during the 90s and are still in force” reported the state Duma website.