November 3, 2009
[efoods]Mikhail Gorbachev said Tuesday that he was proud of his role in the fall of the Berlin Wall 20 years ago, defending himself against Russian critics who accuse him of losing the Soviet empire.
“I am proud that we — and by that I mean both Western and Eastern European countries — found an approach that took everyone’s interests into account, so this most painful thing was liquidated,” Gorbachev said.
Gorbachev indicated that leaders had no choice other than ending the decades-long division of Germany into Communist East and NATO-aligned West.
“The issue is not shame, but the fact there was a split in a country in the centre of Europe, the centre of the world, with a huge population,” he told reporters in Moscow.