Russian President Dmitri Medvedev says the fall of the Berlin Wall was
a positive event because it united Germany and ultimately all of
Europe, but he says not all hopes the event sparked have been realized.
Mr. Medvedev told the German magazine Der Spiegel that some of the hopes he and people in his country had at the time were realized, and some were not. He expressed regret that relations between Russia and the rest of Europe have not always been ideal.
The Russian president made his remarks in an interview ahead of the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. He will join other wold leaders Monday in Germany for the formal commemoration of the anniversary.
The wall, erected in 1961, was a symbol of the division between Western Europe and the Eastern communist bloc, until it came down on November 9, 1989.
In Moscow Saturday, communists marked the anniversary of the 1917 October Revolution, which installed communists led by Vladimir Ilyich Lenin into power. Waving Soviet red flags with the hammer-and-sickle emblem, thousands marched down central Moscow streets.
Huge police units were deployed.
Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.