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8 Nov, 2009 06:37

Shevardnadze, Genscher: how we were breaking the Wall

The fall of the Berlin Wall was the beginning of the end for the German Democratic Republic, as it showed that its government couldn’t run the country without the Wall, believes a former West German Foreign Minister.

Both Hans-Dietrich Genscher and his Soviet counterpart at the time, Eduard Shevardnadze, who spoke exclusively to RT, are convinced that the process was inevitable.

“It was initiated by the people and it was impossible to stop it,” said Hans-Dietrich Genscher.

Eduard Shevardnadze recalls that there was a lot of opposition in the Soviet Union to the demolition of the Wall.

“But when Mikhail Gorbachev came to power, a new policy, a new political mentality started to form in the USSR – and that became a turning point,” Shevardnadze said.