Schwerin (dpa/mv) - The state parliament of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania commemorated the late Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev with a minute's silence on Wednesday. "We mourn the loss of a great politician and reconciler," said State President Birgit Hesse at the beginning of the session. Europe and Germany owe him a lot, without him there would have been no German unity. Hesse recalled Gorbachev's visit to Neubrandenburg in 1998.
Gorbachev was the last head of state of the Soviet Union from 1985 to 1991. He died last week at the age of 91. According to Schwesig, Gorbachev was awarded the medal for special services to the state of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania four years ago.