Putin expects German citizens to support aspiration of Russian world for restoring unity
"I believe that Europeans, firstly Germans, will understand me," the president said. During the political consultations on the unification of East Germany and West Germany "at expert, but very high levels, representatives of not all countries, who were Germany's allies, supported the very idea of unification," Putin said.
"Our country, on the contrary, supported explicitly and sincerely the aspiration of Germans for national unity," he said.
"I am certain that you have not forgotten this and I count that German citizens will support the aspiration of the Russian world and historical Russia to restore unity," Putin said.
Russia is also grateful to China and India for their stance on Ukraine and Crimea, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in his appeal to the Russian Federal Assembly on Tuesday.
"We treat with gratitude everyone, who approached our step in Crimea with understanding. We are grateful to the Chinese people, whose leadership has considered and is considering the situation concerning Ukraine and Crimea in its entire historical and political complexity," Putin said.
"We highly appreciate India's constraint and objectivity," the Russian president said.
Voice of Russia, Interfax