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30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall

 

As you know, on November 9, Europe will celebrate a landmark date – the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. This is one of the key events in the contemporary history of the continent. Of course, it is of particular importance to the Germans and has become largely a prologue to the restoration of their state unity.

The Berlin Wall had long been the most visible symbol of the split in Europe during the Cold War. Its elimination was an emotional event that personified the profound changes that took place in the world in the late 1980s and early 1990s, which reasonably gave rise to great expectations among people for a peaceful and prosperous Europe without any dividing lines. Unfortunately, these hopes have failed to materialise. Just as the Berlin Wall came down, these hopes are now fading.

It is important to remember this missed opportunity and prevent the creation of new barriers, which are caused by geopolitical and bloc interests, on the continent. Peace and security in Europe must be universal and indivisible.

As you know, Russia’s foreign policy has followed and will continue to follow these principles. We expect our partners to take reciprocal steps in this direction.

We have received questions as to whether invitations were sent to Russia for the festive event on this occasion, and who would represent our country. Invitations were sent. Russia will be represented by Ambassador of Russia to Germany Sergey Nechayev.

 

Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova, Moscow, November 8, 2019