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Ex-Counselor to the Chancellor of the FRG Helmut Kohl believes that Russia and Germany should be friends

Wednesday, 24 May, 2017
Ex-Counselor to the Chancellor of the FRG Helmut Kohl believes that Russia and Germany should be friends
Ex-Counselor to the Chancellor of the FRG Helmut Kohl believes that Russia and Germany should be friends
Ex-Counselor to the Chancellor of the FRG Helmut Kohl believes that Russia and Germany should be friends
Ex-Counselor to the Chancellor of the FRG Helmut Kohl believes that Russia and Germany should be friends
Ex-Counselor to the Chancellor of the FRG Helmut Kohl believes that Russia and Germany should be friends
Ex-Counselor to the Chancellor of the FRG Helmut Kohl believes that Russia and Germany should be friends

Saint-Petersburg Mining University has hosted a commencement speech, delivered by Horst Teltschik, Ex-Counselor to the Chancellor of the FRG Helmut Kohl. It has been devoted to the modern state and prospects for the development of Russian-German relations. In particular, the guest remarked that our countries must be friends, and called for building bridges between our countries by means of developing economic, cultural and scientific cooperation.

“It is a great honor for me to give a lecture at the Mining University – one of the oldest and well-known higher mining schools in the world”, - in that way Horst Teltschik addressed the audience – students, post-graduates and professors of the university who came to visit his lecture. He also underlined that, in his view, Saint-Petersburg is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Meanwhile, the Hermitage, the Mariinsky Theatre and a number of other sights of the Northern Capital are symbols of both Russian and European cultures. “I often hear that Saint-Petersburg is the gates to Europe; however, in my opinion, it is, actually, Europe”, stated the German politician.

“It is necessary to give more attention to the development of common projects in the field of culture and science”, he mentioned proceeding to the main topic of his lecture. “Activities oriented towards this focus area, strengthen mutual understanding among people which is very important because they create the atmosphere of trust which, in turn, is the best security guarantee”. Horst Teltschik reminded that Valery Gergiev had been the Chief Conductor of the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra for many years, and Igor Zelensky – Artistic Director of the Bavarian State Ballet. “We do not need many soldiers”, noted the guest from the FRG. “We need more cultural figures and artists who familiarize our people with the mentality and traditions of our countries”.

Horst Teltschik was aware of what he was talking about. His father was sent to the army at the Eastern Front of World War I and was injured during warfare. His German fellow soldiers decided that his wounds were fatal and left him behind. Horst’s father was found later by Russian soldiers, and Russian doctors performed the necessary surgeries on him. He returned home in 1922; however, he was recruited again in 1940. He was taken captive one more time.

“My mother spent 14 years in total with young children and raised us alone”, recollected the lecturer. “I was one of those children. Since my childhood, I have been convinced that we do not need any wars, and we do not need any dictatorship. I witnessed the Cold War, I saw the Berlin Crisis when Soviet and American tanks were standing opposite each other at a distance of direct visibility, at point-blank range. But I also witnessed, and later participated in the policy of détente during the 1970-s.”

“Russia and Germany must be friends”, summarized Horst Teltschik. “It must be our top goal. We must build bridges between our states by means of cultural and scientific collaboration. There is no doubt that each party will find compelling reasons for complaints against the other side. However, mobilizing troops to the frontiers, modernization of nuclear weapons will never make the world a safer place to live. It is our duty to make it safe.”

At the end of the lecture, students had an opportunity to ask questions of interest to the guest from the FRG. The students mainly asked about outstanding politicians whom Horst Teltschik happened to communicate with, during the period of work as Counselor to Helmut Kohl. It appeared that there were Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher, and four Soviet leaders – Leonid Brezhnev, Yury Andropov, Konstantin Chernenko and Mikhail Gorbachev – among them.

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