Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks at the signing of a cooperation agreement between the Foreign Ministry and the Russian Military History Society, Moscow, February 14, 2017

Monday, 19 February 2018 10:19

Mr Medinsky, friends,

A truly important step was taken today to promote cooperation between the Foreign Ministry and the Military History Society. As my colleague, Minister of Culture Vladimir Medinsky, said, we have many years of experience working together to preserve the memory of our heroes and Russia’s military history in order to prevent attempts to question our role. Unfortunately, such attempts are being made.

What is being done to preserve existing monuments and open new ones is an important and concrete contribution to our common national cause. Our embassies and consulates will continue to actively cooperate with representatives of the Military History Society to make sure that this work not only continues, but becomes even more effective.

As Mr Medinsky mentioned, this agreement enshrines our current relations, creates a certain regulatory base for promoting and strengthening them, and opens up new areas of joint activities, above all, opportunities for military history tourism. We will make sure our tour operators have maps of these monuments. I am confident that when our tourists go to Europe or other countries with such monuments, they will not miss the opportunity to visit such monuments and pay tribute to the heroes who brought glory to themselves and our Motherland.

Of course, we will continue - it does not require any additional efforts on our part - to oppose attempts to rewrite history, including World War II. These attempts have become rife, including in the "civilised" EU countries, as they refer to themselves. This is an important mission.

I would also like to say that the Foreign Ministry will engage  Rossotrudnichestvo, the Foreign Ministry’s Diplomatic Academy and the Moscow State Institute of International Relations in this joint work - they are already participating in it, but we will make this effort more systematic.

Once again, I would like to congratulate everyone here on the signing of this agreement.

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