The construction of the Berlin wall was also desired by the Western powers

Summary

The construction of the Berlin Wall was also desired by the Western powers.

Disproof

Recurring pro-Kremlin narrative involving historical revisionism.

Communist East German authorities built the Berlin Wall in 1961 to stop the flow of residents into the democratic, and free, West. For almost 30 years, the Berlin Wall separated West Berlin from the East German state, the GDR, which was in the sphere of influence of the Soviet Union. Read more about the Berlin Wall here.

Western powers and NATO Allies opposed the Wall from the beginning. In December 1961, just a few months after construction of the Wall had started, NATO foreign ministers “reaffirmed the determination to protect and defend the liberties of West Berlin and ensure to its people the conditions for a free and prosperous life.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 173
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 11/11/2019
  • Language/target audience: Italian
  • Country: The West, EU, Germany
  • Keywords: GDR, USSR, Historical revisionism, NATO
  • Outlet: Geopolitica.ru
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Disproof

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