New Delhi, May 7, 2015
Russia highly values and welcomes President P.K.Mukherjee’s participation in the celebrations of our victory in the Great Patriotic War against Nazism (1941-45). It is a telling gesture towards my country of such a long-time and tested friend, as Mr Mukherjee, as also a symbol of solidarity of the people of India in grateful remembrance of the 27 million lives my country laid on the altar of the Allied Victory.
Russia also cherishes India’s active role in the last World War and the sympathy of the most illustrious founding fathers and all common sons and daughters of this great land shown for the heroic efforts of the former Soviet Union. Both Russia and India stood at the cradle of the United Nations Organization. Amity and affection are the only words to describe our friendship and cooperation for almost seven decades.
As regards the cynical, hypocritical and dirty attempts on the part of some forces to rewrite the real history of the world and our two nations’ contribution to the great Victory, such countries show immoral and shameless amnesia to sacrifices and sufferings. Compassion for other people’s pain is an alien notion for the self-appointed “new masters of the world”. Hitler’s ghost must be haunting them. Such forgetfulness today results in destruction and devastation in various parts of the world, be it Syria, Iraq, Yemen, South-East Ukraine or elsewhere.
The truth shall prevail, as ever.