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RESPONDING TO BRITISH MEDIA

22.06.2015

Remarks by Ambassador Yakovenko at the presentation of wartime correspondence between Stalin, Churchill and Roosevelt

Dear friends,

It is my pleasure to welcome you all at the Russian Embassy. This time for presentation of a research on the wartime correspondence between Stalin, Churchill and Roosevelt, undertaken by two history professors of MGIMO, including Vladimir Olegovich Pechatnov, with the help of British and American colleagues, among them Professor David Reynolds.

When I studied at MGIMO a long time ago, I read this correspondence, which was published in the Soviet Union. Now it appears, that there is much more to this stratum of the diplomatic and military history of WWII. And this research makes precisely this point.

History has been written and rewritten. It will continue to be the case. It is easy to accept, that there is no such thing as getting history right. But a less ambitious objective, that of establishing all the relevant facts, I assume, is quite realistic. It will take us forward a great deal on the road to the truth, which is indispensable in healing, reconciliation and learning from history.

That is why I cannot agree with Max Hastings, in our recent exchange on the issue of VE Day, that we will never agree on the origins of World War II and the European politics between two wars. At least, all the facts ought to be considered. And let people make their own judgments.

Now let me give the floor to Professors Pechatnov and Reynolds, whose reports, I am sure, will provide enough grounds for an interesting discussion.




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