Russian President Vladimir Putin with German Chancellor Angela Merkel attend a press conference in Berlin in June
BERLIN, November 9 (TASS) – A patriarch of Germany diplomacy, former Foreign Minister Hans-Dietrich Genscher says the relations between the West and Russia should be re-loaded.
He said in an interview with Bild am Sonntag: “Many in the West must be sharing the opinion that after falling of the Berlin wall the border between the East and the West, which used to be in Berlin, moved now closer to the Russian border. Anyway, Russia was and is a country of Eastern Europe, not Western Asia, and it is still a super state.”
“There are two dominating nuclear countries in the world, which guarantee stability.”
“Thus, I can realise why Moscow insists on an equal dialogue,” he said. “Besides, we and Russians are connected by cooperation in settlement of major international conflicts, like for example in the Middle East. With the new threat from the Islamic State, we should realise clearly that common interests (of the West) with Russia are much more important than the disputes, for example the one around the conflict in Ukraine.”