Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s greetings to online concert Facing Challenging Times Together, Moscow, May 7, 2020
Veterans, witnesses of the terrible war years, and spectators of all ages, ethnic backgrounds and political affiliation,
Today, you will see a unique international musical project, Facing Challenging Times Together, initiated by Russia and Germany. The line-up for this concert includes both celebrated and novice musicians from the two countries, as well as from France, Great Britain and the United States.
The purpose of this initiative is to use art in these challenging times, when the coronavirus pandemic has been drawing people apart, to commemorate the Victory over Nazism, which is the 20th century milestone that determined the course of world history.
For us, just as for many other nations, Victory Day and the liberation of Europe from Nazism is one of the most important and revered dates. In our country, not a single family was spared by the war, taking the lives of millions of our citizens, and leaving in ruin a great number of cities and villages. Today, it is our sacred duty to safeguard the truth about what happened during those years, and remember the grim lessons of war in order to prevent this tragedy from repeating itself.
I would like to convey my sincere gratitude to the organisers and participants in today’s online concert. I strongly believe that with your talent and the warmth of your hearts we will mark this memorable date with dignity.
I do hope that this musical initiative will carry on not only in the virtual space, but also offline when Russian and German performers hold joint concerts at the top venues of Berlin, Moscow, St Petersburg and other cities.
I wish everyone good health, every success and a peaceful sky above your heads. Congratulations on Victory Day!