Statement by the Spokesman of Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Russia is outraged by Romanian President Traian Basescu’s recent remarks that “in place of Marshal Ion Antonescu in 1941, he too would have ordered Romanian soldiers to cross the Prut River” to participate in the aggression of Hitler’s Germany against the USSR. Such a statement, made all the more so on the sad day of the seventieth anniversary of the start of the Great Patriotic War, during which our people lost 27 million lives, is impossible to explain either by current domestic political circumstances or by references to the provocative questions of journalists.
It is absolutely obvious that such shameless bravado, justifying the fascist aggression and desecrating the memory of the millions of Nazi victims, is intolerable and should get an adequate assessment from civilized Europe.
June 30, 2011