Members of the Russian parliament mull over drafting a statement to condemn ‘the annexation of the German Democratic Republic (GDR) by the Federative Republic of Germany (FRG) in 1989’, a historic event commonly known as the reunification of East and West Germany, Russian state-run news agency TASS reports.
A relevant order was issued by State Duma speaker Sergey Naryshkin to the parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs as it was proposed earlier in the day by Nikolay Ivanov, a lawmaker from the Russian Communist Party.
“Dear Sergey Yevgenyevich (Naryshkin), we were all sympathizing with you, when on January 26 at a news conference of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) you were refuting verbal assaults of PACE President Anne Brasseur, who accused Russia of ‘Crimea’s annexation’,” Ivanov said, addressing Naryshkin on Wednesday morning.
“I propose that as a form of a retaliatory step you give order to the Committee on Foreign Affairs to prepare a statement condemning the annexation of the German Democratic Republic by the Federative Republic of Germany in 1989,” Ivanov said. “Moreover, unlike in Crimea, there was no nationwide referendum in GDR.”
The Berlin Wall divided Berlin from 1961 to 1989. The fall of the Berlin Wall paved the way for German reunification, which was formally concluded on 3 October 1990.