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Meanwhile Le Figaro leads on another Russia-related exclusive: an interview with Mikhail Gorbachev. Reflecting on the events of 1989 20 years on, the last Soviet leader seems to be saying he had predicted the fall of the Berlin wall. In any case, he says that Soviet intervention in Eastern Europe in 1989 would have led to World War Three, and he doesn't regret letting those regimes fall. What he does regret, however, is underestimating his opponents in the Kremlin, who ultimately brought him, and the Soviet Union, down, in 1991.