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Gorbachev cites fall of Berlin Wall as example of good German-Russian relations

  • Former Soviet Leader, Mikhail Gorbachev, presses his hands in concrete attached to a piece of the Berlin wall during a reception at the Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin, Germany, Friday, Nov. 7, 2014 where the 25th anniversary of the fall of the wall is marked with numerous events on the weekend. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

    Former Soviet Leader, Mikhail Gorbachev, presses his hands in concrete attached to a piece of the Berlin wall during a reception at the Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin, Germany, Friday, Nov. 7, 2014 where the 25th anniversary of the fall of the wall is marked with numerous events on the weekend. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)  (The Associated Press)

  • Former Soviet Leader, Mikhail Gorbachev, looks down after he pressed his hands in concrete attached to a piece of the Berlin wall during a reception at the Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin, Germany, Friday, Nov. 7, 2014 to mark  the 25th anniversary of the fall of the wall. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

    Former Soviet Leader, Mikhail Gorbachev, looks down after he pressed his hands in concrete attached to a piece of the Berlin wall during a reception at the Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin, Germany, Friday, Nov. 7, 2014 to mark the 25th anniversary of the fall of the wall. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)  (The Associated Press)

  • People pass by balloons of the art project 'Lichtgrenze 2014' (lit. 'lightborder 2014') photographed through a hole in remains of the berlin Wall  in Berlin, Germany, Friday, Nov. 7, 2014. The light installation featuring 8,000 luminous white balloons commemorates the division of Berlin where the 25th anniversary of the fall of the wall is marked with numerous events on the weekend. (AP Photo/Steffi Loos)

    People pass by balloons of the art project 'Lichtgrenze 2014' (lit. 'lightborder 2014') photographed through a hole in remains of the berlin Wall in Berlin, Germany, Friday, Nov. 7, 2014. The light installation featuring 8,000 luminous white balloons commemorates the division of Berlin where the 25th anniversary of the fall of the wall is marked with numerous events on the weekend. (AP Photo/Steffi Loos)  (The Associated Press)

Former Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev says the collapse of the Berlin Wall demonstrates how important good relations between Germany and Russia are for the entire world.

Gorbachev spoke to a crowd at the former site of Berlin's famous Checkpoint Charlie crossing point Friday, two days before the 25th anniversary of the Wall's fall.

The elder statesman, who kept Soviet troops stationed in East Germany in their barracks the night of Nov. 9, 1989, said that "as long as Russians and Germans understand each other, as long as our relationship is good, then everyone benefits."

Ties between Berlin and Moscow have been strained recently by the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

Gorbachev said that "we must make sure that we get the tensions that have arisen recently under control."