Putin said that Kohl strongly influenced his political views

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Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke about his meeting with former German Chancellor Helmut Kohl, relations with him and the big impression he made.

«I’ve known him since the early 1990-ies, were extensively present during his conversation with the mayor of St. Petersburg Anatoly Sobchak, he invited him to his residence — the German government then was still in Bonn. And then there were several meetings and we have met in various capacities, I was the first conversation made a very strong impression — very strong,» — said Putin told reporters.

«I saw a deep, thinking person who lives from election to election, although it is important to him, but he thinks the prospect is very distant, and very thoroughly, deeply, based on knowledge and their own experience of the statesman, one of the largest European countries», — said the President.

Putin admitted that the views of Kohl on the future relations between Russia and Germany, Russia and Europe really affected him.

«They not only made a great impression on me, but also to some extent significantly changed my own perspective on these processes. I saw a very deep and thorough in their judgments of the person», — said Putin.

The ex-Chancellor of Germany (1982-1998) Kohl, died Friday morning at his home in German Ludwigshafen. He was 87 years old. It was called the «father of German unification», the «Chancellor of unity». He was one of the most influential German and European politicians, one of the architects of the United Europe after the end of the cold war. Historic merit Kohl’s is considered the reunification of West and East Germany.