10 November 201919:50

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s remarks at the opening ceremony of an exhibition at the National Picture Gallery dedicated to the 75th anniversary of victory in the Great Patriotic War, Yerevan, November 10, 2019

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Mr Mnatsakanyan,

Colleagues, friends,

It is a great honour for me to take part in the opening ceremony of this exhibition dedicated to the 75th anniversary of victory in the Great Patriotic War. First of all, I would like to thank the management of the National Picture Gallery, who have set aside their wonderful halls for the exhibition in this magnificent building.

The exhibition’s materials provide a detailed narrative of the tragic events of those years, the unprecedented feat of our fathers and grandfathers who saved civilisation from the horrors of the Nazi scourge and put a long-lasting barrier in its way through incredible efforts and sacrifice.

Representatives of the Armenian nation stood shoulder to shoulder with other Soviet nations and defended Brest and Moscow, fought near Stalingrad and on the Kursk bulge, liberated the Caucasus and Crimea, and seized Berlin. The Armenian nation is rightfully proud of its heroes who made a priceless contribution to the common cause of defeating Nazism.

Russia praises Armenia’s constant efforts to preserve the memory of the Great Patriotic War’s events. Immortal Regiment events are becoming a good tradition. President of Armenia Armen Sarkissian took part in the 2019 march together with 10,000 other people.

We are set to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Great Victory next year. We find it particularly important that Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan was among the first to respond to an invitation from President of Russia Vladimir Putin to take part in the May 9, 2020 celebrations on Moscow’s Red Square. I know that representatives of the Armenian public, including those present here, will take an active part in festivities and will therefore pay tribute to the unprecedented feat of our ancestors.

The longstanding Russian-Armenian friendship, solidified by tough wartime ordeals, is key to strengthening Russian-Armenian strategic partnership and allied relations for the benefit of our citizens and for the sake of security and stability in the South Caucasus and our entire region. We agree that it is necessary to fight attempts to rewrite history and to revise the internationally recognised outcomes of World War II. The exhibition that we are opening today is among the highly important and specific contributions to these undertakings.

We will always remember our heroes. We salute our veterans, and we wish them good health and well-being.

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