The President of Russia Vladimir Putin spoke about the impact of ex-Chancellor Helmut Kohl on his political views, reports RIA “Novosti”.
“I’ve known him since the early 1990-ies, were extensively present during his conversation with the mayor of St. Petersburg Anatoly Sobchak, he invited him to his residence — the German government then was still in Bonn. And then there were several meetings and we have met in various capacities, I was the first conversation made a very strong impression — very strong,” said Putin.NT.
Putin admitted that the views of Kohl on the future relations between Russia and Germany, Russia and Europe really affected him.
“They not only made a great impression on me, but also to some extent significantly changed my own perspective on these processes. I saw a very deep and thorough in their judgments of the person”, — said Putin.
Earlier, Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Medvedev said that nick is the Patriarch of world politics.
Former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl died the day before at the age of 87 years.