(The Local) Mikhail Gorbachev controlled the Kremlin, Ronald Reagan was in the White House and Helmut Kohl had recently been elected to a second term when a teenage amateur pilot from Hamburg landed a Cessna near Red Square.

A quarter of a century ago, 18-year-old Mathias Rust was hoping for an audience with Gorbachev, but it was the middle of the Cold War and he ended up in a Soviet jail. Now, although he talks of liking to push personal limits, he says he would not try such a stunt again.

Now 43, Rust told Russian mass-circulation newspaper Komsomolskaya Pravda he flew to Moscow across the Iron Curtain because he wanted the Cold War to be over.

“I wanted to leave a message for humankind which I did,” he said.

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