France did not invite Russia to mark the end of World War II
France became the second country that did not invite the Russian delegation to events marking the end of World War II. At the same time, the Immortal Regiment action is allowed in Paris and other cities of the country
The French authorities did not invite Russian representatives to the May 8th celebration of the end of World War II. This was stated by the Ambassador in Paris, Alexei Meshkov, after laying wreaths at the monument to Russian members of the Resistance movement at the Pere Lachaise cemetery in Paris, RIA Novosti reports.
“Always send military attaches” first the Soviet Union, then Russia, Belarus as countries that made a decisive contribution to the victory over fascism were invited. This year we did not find a place on the podium. Although the ambassadors of those countries that fought on the side of Nazi Germany will sit there, — said the diplomat.
He urged to remember those who really won the war. At the same time, the ambassador noted that the main “roll of Russophobia” begins to deflate.
The day before, Meshkov, together with the heads of the diplomatic departments of the CIS countries in France, attended a flower-laying ceremony at the Flowers of Freedom memorial; at the Soviet military cemetery in Noyers-Saint-Martin. The Russian Embassy reported this on Telegram. The event was also attended by the mayor of the French city. Then Meshkov announced the holding of the action “Immortal Regiment” in Paris and other French cities.
On May 3, the Russian Embassy in Austria received a notification from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the country that Russian representatives were not invited to events on May 8 in memory of the liberation of Austria from Nazi occupation and the end of World War II in Europe. At the same time, the Austrian Foreign Ministry promised to honor the memory of thousands of fallen Soviet soldiers.
Ambassador Dmitry Lyubinsky stressed that the Austrian authorities do not understand the significance of the terrible lessons of history and their consequences, which is becoming a problem for bilateral relations.
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At the end of March, the administration of the Buchenwald memorial complexes and “Dora-Mittelbau” did not allow Russian and Belarusian officials to attend a memorial ceremony in honor of the 77th anniversary of the liberation of the Buchenwald concentration camp. The management of the complexes called their presence unacceptable against the background of the Russian military operation in Ukraine. At the same time, the administration assured the diplomats that the ceremony would honor the memory of Russians, Belarusians and Ukrainians who died in concentration camps, and lay wreaths in the colors of the national flags of Russia and Belarus at the memorial sign.
Russia also did not invite foreign leaders to the celebration Victory Day in Moscow. Presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov explained this by saying that the date is not an anniversary.
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