European leaders marked the demise of Mikhail Gorbachev, thewho’s in the present day credited with steering Russia away from communism and in the direction of liberalism.
“Mikhail Gorbachev was a trusted and revered chief. He performed a vital position to finish the Chilly Struggle and convey down the Iron Curtain,” stated European Fee President Ursula von der Leyen.
“This legacy is one we is not going to overlook.”
Von der Leyen’s phrases have been echoed throughout Western Europe, with tributesfrom Berlin, Paris, London, Rome, Madrid, Brussels, Amsterdam and Vienna.
However in Vilnius, the response was completely different.
“Lithuanians is not going to glorify Gorbachev,” stated Gabrielius Landsbergis, Lithuania’s overseas affairs minister.
“We are going to always remember the easy proven fact that his military murdered civilians to delay his regime’s occupation of our nation.”
Landsbergis appeared to refer to the tragic occasions of January 1991, which nonetheless resonate throughout Lithuania. That month represented a turning level within the Baltic nation’s historical past and its lengthy quest for freedom.
Watch the video above to study what occurred in January 1991.