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Gorbachev says Germany’s reunification ‘only right choice’

October 04, 2015, 2:11 UTC+3 MOSCOW
"That’s from all the viewpoints. We did everything as it should have been," the former Soviet leader said
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MOSCOW, October 4. /TASS/. Ex-Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev has said in an interview on occasion of the 25th anniversary of the German reunification that event was the only right decision.

Gorbachev, who had a major role in concluding a treaty on the final settlement that paved the way to the German reunification in 1990, said in the interview with the Rossiya 1 television channel: "I believe we did the right thing."

"That’s from all the viewpoints. We did everything as it should have been," the former Soviet leader said.

"It turned that Russia democratizes the country, conducts the reforms. Around, all those European countries carry out their reforms, the velvet revolutions. And Germany remains as it is. This touched Germans a lot," he said.

According to Gorbachev, there was an English point of view rooted in the post-war slogans that Germany "should be cut into pieces." However, the Soviet politbureau backed the German reunification.

The treaty on the reunification of the East and West Germany after 45 years of separation was signed on August 31, 1990. The reunification took place on October 3, 1990. Since then, the German Unity Day has been marked annually as a national holiday.

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