Gorbachev blasts lawmakers’ suggestion to denounce Germany unification as ‘rubbish’

FILE PHOTO 20FEB90 - A big section of the Berlin Wall is lifted by a crane as East Germany has started to dismantle the wall near the Brandenburg Gate in East Berlin, February 20, 1990. The anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall occurs November 9, 1999.(Reuters / STR)
Ex-Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev, whose effort made possible the reunification of East and West Germany in 1990, has criticized a parliamentary resolution denouncing this historic event as an act of aggression.

You cannot evaluate the events that took place in a different epoch, in different times from today’s positions,” Gorbachev told Interfax new agency. “What referendum could they launch in the German Democratic Republic when in both states – in the East and in the West they held rallies with hundreds of thousands of participants under just one slogan, ‘We are one nation!’ What sort of annexation is this?”

The suggestion is simply rubbish. I will say this again – we cannot simplify the situation to the convenience of today’s needs and our appraisal of the past should not be based on today’s views,” Gorbachev said.

His comments came after a Communist Party MP suggested that Russia’s lower house of parliament, the State Duma, pass a resolution denouncing the “annexation of the German Democratic Republic by the Federal Republic of Germany.” The author of the motion, Nikolai Ivanov, said that such move would be an appropriate answer to attacks on Russia by the president of PACE, Anne Brasseur, who had accused Russia of annexing Crimea in a speech.

State Duma chairman Sergey Naryshkin has instructed the parliamentary committee on international relations to consider the suggestion and give its reaction to it as soon as possible.