The renowned German politician said concerns that the issue of Crimea and the Ukrainian Civil War in Donbass would cause a major confrontation between the West and Russia are groundless.
"Stability and peace in Ukraine are only possible with cooperation with Russia, not confrontation," Bahr said during his last speech.
Washington and Moscow remain the main actors in international politics, as they were during the times of Cold War. To this day, no political issue can be effectively solved without the role of the United States and Russia, Bahr said.
Bahr also said that Germany should have unilaterally cancelled anti-Russian sanctions. It would have been better not only for the national interests of Germany, but also for Europe as a whole.
Bahr was widely known as the architect of Ostpolitik, West Germany's Cold War policy of rapprochement with the USSR that reduced East-West tensions.