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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



06.04.2021 - Interview by Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov to Hindustan Times, April 6, 2021

Question: With India and Russia set to resume high-level engagements after the Covid-19 crisis, what will be priorities for bilateral agenda in 2021? Sergey Lavrov: Russia is satisfied with the vigorous political dialogue with India on all levels that keeps on actively developing despite serious restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic. In 2020 we managed to successfully organize several events in face-to-face and online formats. Summits of the SCO and BRICS – a new type of multilateral associations where our countries cooperate fruitfully – are among them.

01.04.2021 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s interview given to Channel One’s Bolshaya Igra (Great Game) talk show, Moscow, April 1, 2021

Vyacheslav Nikonov: The word “war” has been heard increasingly more often lately. US and NATO politicians, even more so the Ukrainian military, have no trouble saying it. Do you have more reasons to be concerned now than ever before? Sergey Lavrov: Yes and no. On the one hand, the confrontation has hit bottom. On the other, deep down, there’s still hope that we are adults and understand the risks associated with escalating tensions further. However, our Western colleagues introduced the word “war” into the diplomatic and international usage. “The hybrid war unleashed by Russia” is a very popular description of what the West perceives as the main event in international life. I still believe that good judgment will prevail.

25.03.2021 - Sergey Lavrov’s remarks at a news conference following talks with Foreign Minister of the Republic of Korea Chung Eui-yong, Seoul, March 25, 2021

Ladies and gentlemen, We held constructive, substantive and fruitful talks with Foreign Minister of the Republic of Korea Chung Eui-yong.

18.03.2021 - Comment by Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova

Russian Ambassador to the United States Anatoly Antonov has been summoned to Moscow for consultations in order to analyse what needs to be done in the context of relations with the United States.

16.03.2021 - Ambassador Andrei Kelin's address at the online conference «Centenary of the Russian-British trade relations», 16 March 2021

The 100th anniversary of the first Soviet-British trade agreement is a memorable date. Its conclusion marked a milestone in the rich history of the Russian-British bilateral relations. This centenary is also a good reason for all of us to take a positive look at the prospects of our bilateral ties, based on the existing experience.

15.03.2021 - Russian Foreign Ministry statement on the 10th anniversary of the start of anti-government demonstrations in Syria

I would like to read the Foreign Ministry’s statement on the 10th anniversary of the start of anti-government demonstrations in Syria. This document will be published on the Foreign Ministry website. On March 15, it will be ten years since the beginning of civil disorder in the Syrian Arab Republic. Due to outside interference, the domestic political process rapidly turned into an armed conflict, in which illegal armed groups moved to the fore. The country was subjected to unprecedented aggression by international terrorism.

11.03.2021 - Joint Statement of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the State of Qatar, Republic of Turkey, and Russian Federation, Doha, 11 March 2021

The Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the State of Qatar, Republic of Turkey, and Russian Federation had a meeting on 11 March 2021 in Doha to discuss the Syrian crisis and ways of cooperation with the aim of contributing to a lasting political solution. The Ministers:

10.03.2021 - Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks and answers to media questions at a joint news conference with Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the UAE Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi, March 9, 2021

Ladies and gentlemen, We held a lengthy and trustworthy conversation with Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Mohammed bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. We also had talks with my friend and colleague Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation of the UAE. They were very useful.

24.02.2021 - Foreign Ministry statement on the EU’s new illegal restrictive measures against Russia

We are disappointed by the February 22 decision of the EU Foreign Affairs Council to impose new illegal, unilateral and unsubstantiated restrictive measures on Russian citizens. The European Union has missed an opportunity to rethink its policy of artificial linkages, sanctions and pressure in its relations with Russia, a policy that has proved to be completely ineffective over the past few years. Instead, guided by its bloc discipline and anti-Russia stereotypes, Brussels has instinctively pressed the ineffective sanctions button. Moreover, contrary to all logic, the EU first adopted a political decision, and plans to choose the candidates for the sanctions later on.

18.02.2021 - "Centenary of Russia-UK trade relations" conference

This year marks the centenary of the first Russian-British trade agreement. We are delighted to invite you to participate in the online-conference organized by the Embassy and Trade delegation of Russia in the UK on March 16, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. (UK time).

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