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Appeal by the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation to the parliaments of foreign States and the peoples of the world with regard to the 75th Anniversary of the Victory over Nazism

The Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation urges the parliaments of foreign States and the peoples of the world to once again appreciate the invaluable achievement of the human civilization, which is the Victory of the Anti-Hitler Coalition and all its allies in World War II against their common enemy, Nazis, and their accomplices.

Noting the particular importance of the Anti-Hitler Coalition as a unique historical example of States with different political systems uniting their efforts to counter the threat to the entire humankind, the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation welcomes the Joint Statement by President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin and President of the United States of America Donald J. Trump Commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the Meeting on the Elbe of April 25, 2020, that, among other things, says the following: ”The ‘Spirit of the Elbe’ is an example of how our countries can put aside differences, build trust, and cooperate in pursuit of a greater cause.“

The Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation supports the annual adoption since 2005 of the resolution of the General Assembly of the United Nations (UN) titled ”Combating glorification of Nazism, neo-Nazism and other practices that contribute to fuelling contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance“, as well as the proposal to adopt a resolution of the UN General Assembly commemorating the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II that has already been co-sponsored by around 40 UN Member States.

That war was one of the bloodiest in the history of humankind. It claimed countless civilian victims. Millions of ordinary people, including women, children and the elderly, were slaughtered just for belonging to a certain ethnic group.

The Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation recalls that the Verdict of the International Military Tribunal established for the prosecution and punishment of the major war criminals of the European Axis (Nurnberg Tribunal) recognized the deeds of the major Nazi criminals who bear full responsibility for initiating and waging World War II as criminal offenses. The Tribunal’s decision became crucial, as it essentially provided a final assessment of both the causes and outcomes of the war and clearly identified who was in the right and who was in the wrong, who was guilty and who was innocent, who was a criminal and who was a victim.

World War II is an important and difficult period in modern history. The examination of its events is far from complete. Historians from various countries play a major role in this process. The Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation appreciates their work for the sake of historical truth and understands the related discussions but states with full responsibility that the assessment of the offences of the Nazi leaders made by the Nurnberg Tribunal and confirmed by the UN General Assembly cannot be forgotten.

The States where the battles of World War II took place bear a special responsibility for preserving the monuments to the victorious heroes. In this regard, the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation urges the parliaments of foreign States and the peoples of the world to support the initiative to recognize the Victory over Nazism in World War II as part of the world heritage of humanity and declare the monuments to the fighters against Nazism in all countries world monuments of humankind. This initiative has already received the support of many inter-parliamentary organizations.

Any attempt to place equal responsibility for initiating and waging the war on both the Nazi criminals and the Anti-Hitler Coalition countries, as well as to justify Nazi criminals and their accomplices is not just a falsification of history. Such attempts are illegitimate, immoral in nature and blasphemous to the memory of those who liberated the world from the evident and legally confirmed evil.

The Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation strongly condemns the desire of certain political forces of the world to shield those who are actually responsible for the war, diminish the role of the Soviet Union in the victory against the Nazis and rehabilitate those who fought against the liberators alongside Hitler’s executioners, served the occupation regime in the European countries and participated in the atrocious Holocaust, as well as other crimes against humanity.

Seventy-five years is not the longest period of time in human history, however, the lessons learned in that part of history that still lives in the memory of those who made it with their heroic deeds cannot be forgotten, otherwise, we will be forced to relive the most horrific of its pages. No one has the right to betray the memory of our ancestors to serve their petty and fleeting political interests, however tantalizing such a prospect might seem.

The Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation urges the parliaments of foreign States and the peoples of the world to ensure that the historical truth is not distorted, fight against the glorification of former Waffen-SS members, members of Nazi and fascist movements, Banderites and other nationalists like them and their current successors and continuers, and prosecute those who insult the memory of the heroic liberators, deny Holocaust and the extermination by the Nazis of the so-called non-Aryan peoples and glorifies Nazi executioners. Our shared duty is to not just honor the memory of those who died for freedom and peace on Earth, but also do our utmost today to defend the cause they fought and gave their lives for. Only then, we will have a chance to shape our common future free of wars, xenophobia and hostility.

Federation Council
of the Federal Assembly
of the Russian Federation

May 20, 2020



24.06.2020 - President Vladimir Putin's speech at the military parade marking 75th anniversary of Great Victory, 24 June 2020

People of Russia, Our dear veterans, Foreign guests, Soldiers and sailors, sergeants, warrant officers and ensigns, Officers, generals and admirals, I wish you all the best on the 75th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War. A victory that determined the future of the planet for decades to come and went down in history as the grandest in its scale, significance and moral value. This year, the traditional Victory Day celebrations are being held in Russia on June 24. Exactly 75 years ago, the legendary victors paraded right here, along the Kremlin wall, to commemorate the end of the Great Patriotic War. That parade went down in history as a triumph of unprecedented scale, the triumph of good over evil, of peace over war, and life over death.

19.06.2020 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s statement and answers to media questions during a joint news conference following talks with Foreign Minister of the Republic of Belarus Vladimir Makei, Minsk, June 19, 2020

Ladies and gentlemen, First of all, I would like to express my gratitude to our Belarusian friends for the warm welcome accorded to our delegation.

18.06.2020 - Article by President of Russia Vladimir Putin '75th Anniversary of the Great Victory: Shared Responsibility to History and our Future'

75 years have passed since the end of the Great Patriotic War. Several generations have grown up over the years. The political map of the planet has changed. The Soviet Union that claimed an epic, crushing victory over Nazism and saved the entire world is gone. Besides, the events of that war have long become a distant memory, even for its participants. So why does Russia celebrate the 9th of May as the biggest holiday? Why does life almost come to a halt on June 22? And why does one feel a lump rise in their throat? They usually say that the war has left a deep imprint on every family's history. Behind these words, there are fates of millions of people, their sufferings and the pain of loss. Behind these words, there is also the pride, the truth and the memory.

18.06.2020 - Article co-authored by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and First Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of the Republic of Serbia Ivica Dacic published in Rossiyskaya Gazeta and Serbian Kurir on June 18, 2020

Public discussions about possible outcomes of the Kosovo knot have become noticeably livelier recently. The United States and the EU are striving to make themselves an indispensable part of the settlement and are competing for the leading role in this process. In addition, as it happened before, they often disregard the opinions of other stakeholders, which fact calls into question the very possibility of finding a fair solution. Looking back into the recent past and analysing the regrettable consequences of external interference in the region’s affairs is something that must be done if we want to avoid making more mistakes. We also believe it is important to provide a general assessment of the current state of affairs and to outline our fundamental approaches to the Kosovo settlement.

17.06.2020 - Comment by the Information and Press Department on US Officials’ Statements on Russia's manipulation of the International Criminal Court

Last week, Washington announced more unilateral sanctions. Unfortunately, this has already become common practice for the United States. These sanctions are directed at an unusual target - not one of the many countries that are out of US favour, but the International Criminal Court and its staff. This event was the subject of a joint briefing by the Secretary of State, the Secretary of Defence, the Attorney General and the Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs.

28.05.2020 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s article about the world amid the coronavirus pandemic for Chinese newspaper Global Times, Moscow, May 28, 2020

The rapid spread of the novel coronavirus changed life on the planet virtually overnight. It also became a crush test for international relations, both at the level of individual countries and multilateral associations. The obvious consequences include an economic recession, a crisis of global governance and the growth of protectionist and isolationist sentiments. The pandemic has seriously limited humanitarian, cultural and tourist exchanges, as well as people to people contacts. But this is only the tip of the iceberg.

27.05.2020 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks and answers to questions at the joint news conference with CSTO Secretary General Stanislav Zas following the CSTO Foreign Ministers Council videoconference, Moscow, May 26, 2020

We have held a CSTO Foreign Ministers Council meeting via videoconference. Russia is chairing the CSTO this year. Considering the difficult situation caused by the coronavirus infection, we approached the preparations and holding of this meeting with certain precautions.

16.05.2020 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s interview with the RBC media holding on current international issues, Moscow, May 15, 2020

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s interview on current international issues

14.05.2020 - Minister Sergey Lavrov’s statement and answers to media questions at a news conference following a video conference of foreign ministers of the SCO Member States, May 13, 2020

We have just completed the SCO Member States foreign ministers’ video conference where we discussed the general state of affairs in the region and the world and the SCO priority goals in connection with the spread and consequences of the novel coronavirus infection. We thanked our colleagues for supporting the Russian chairmanship’s proposal to hold this SCO foreign minister extraordinary meeting on this sensitive and important topic.

14.05.2020 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks and answers to questions at a news conference following the meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Commonwealth of Independent States via video conference, Moscow, May 12, 2020

We have just concluded a meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). It took place via video conference for the first time because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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