Gorbachev, commenting on the decision of the president, said (quote RIA News):
The situation is such that Russia has a lot of problems, and a very difficult international (situation). Hence, the people have a natural desire to insure themselves and not to rush into making decisions. Putin today is, indeed, a leader who deservedly enjoys the support of the people, and we must reckon with this and, I think, need to be guided by this — what the people are about.
I see that he was not just light-hearted, so to speak, related to this topic, the problem, he understood a great responsibility. Opinions and intellectuals agreed, and the workers - the population, the majority of citizens - agreed that, apparently, it was necessary to extend and give another season for the work of the president.
At the same time, Mikhail Gorbachev said that he had always been a supporter of the turnover of power, but today he believes that the country is experiencing a moment when the current president should remain in his workplace.