Carl Bildt on Yeltsin's death

"Without a doubt, President Yeltsin - with all the human weaknesses no one is free of - was one of the truly great men of our age.

"When all was uncertain in the disintegrating Soviet Union, he was the one to set a new course by abolishing the Soviet Union and recognising the independence of the three Baltic States.

"His repudiation of Communism was unequivocal, and he clearly directed the new Russia towards ever closer cooperation with the rest of Europe.

"He was a great person in the history of Russia and of Europe."

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