The article “Being Open Despite the Past” by Russian President, Vladimir Putin, was published today, on the Day of Memory and Sorrow, in the German online newspaper Die Zeit to coincide with the 80th anniversary of the beginning of the Great Patriotic War.
In the article, Putin stressed that Russia is open to honest and constructive interaction which is confirmed by the idea of creating a common space of cooperation from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean.
“I reiterate that Russia is in favour of restoring a comprehensive partnership with Europe. We have many topics of mutual interest. These include security and strategic stability, healthcare and education, digitalization, energy, culture, science and technology, resolution of climate and environmental issues. The world is a dynamic place, facing new challenges and threats. We simply cannot afford to carry the burden of past misunderstandings, hard feelings, conflicts, and mistakes. It is a burden that will prevent us from concentrating on the challenges at hand. We are convinced that we all should recognize these mistakes and correct them. Our common and indisputable goal is to ensure security on the continent without dividing lines, a common space for equitable cooperation and inclusive development for the prosperity of Europe and the world as a whole," Putin said.
The German newspaper readers actively commented on the article and many of them agreed with the Russian president’s statements.
“I see the same thing – when it comes to Russia, different standards are used and there is often a fictitious threat from the East. It should be borne in mind that Russia has never actually launched an offensive westward,” a user with a Benjowi nickname wrote.
“The West must take Putin’s word for it! The mistakes made by both sides can be corrected, and we are not starting a new arms race, but fair competition in a spirit of partnership,” Matthias Wilke wrote.
“Thank you, Mr Putin, for this article. My grandparents survived that war, and I have long wanted Europe and Russia to get closer to each other. When I read your lines, I even manage to imagine that it will work out,” RIA News quotes Herr Nadel.