In a statement Bildt said that ”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”.
The Foreign Minister added that:
”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” and that Yeltsin’s ”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.”
Boris Yeltsin died of a heart attack in Moscow on Monday.