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'Arab Spring' like fall of Berlin Wall: Medvedev

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  • 'Arab Spring' like fall of Berlin Wall: Medvedev

    Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on Thursday compared the likely consequences of the Arab Spring to those of the fall of the Berlin Wall as he underlined the necessity of timely reforms to avoid unrest.

    Revolts in the Middle East and North Africa "are of a historic character and can pave the way for transformations similar to those taking place in Central Europe after the fall of the Berlin Wall", the Russian leader told foreign ambassadors in the Kremlin.

    "Events in the Arab world once again proved ... that socioeconomic reforms, reforms that would take into account the interests of the widest majority of the population, must be carried out in due time," Medvedev added in remarks released by the Kremlin.