Russia To Challenge Attempts To Rewrite WWII History: Russian Envoy to US
Russian Ambassador to the United States, Sergei Kislyak, addressing his embassy during the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the "Victory over Nazi Germany", said that both Russia and the US have paid a great price for winning the war. While the Soviet Union was losing as many as 19,000 soldiers everyday, history has to be taught with care to today's generation, so that it doesn't repeat the mistakes, according to sputnik.
"In this respect, I'm so disappointed to see that in a number countries there are attempts to rewrite the history of the war, which is something we cannot accept and something we are going to fight," Kislyak rued, hoping that the US would share Russian viewpoints.
As consortiumnews wrote about the US boycott of weekend celebrations of the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe: "But Obama, in his childish display of temper, will look rather small to those who know the history of the Allied victory in World War II. If it were not for the Red Army's costly victories against the German invaders, particularly the tide-turning battle at Stalingrad in 1943-1944, the prospects for the later D-Day victory in Normandy in June 1944 and the subsequent defeat of Adolf Hitler would have been much more difficult if not impossible."
The senior officials of many nations had a lot of doubtful statements about World War II. In January, Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk agreed during his visit to Berlin that Kiev "remembers about the Soviet invasion in Ukraine and Germany." Later that month, the Polish foreign minister disregarded Russia's role in the Soviet Army liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp, declaring that the camp was freed by Ukraine, not Russia.
However, in a recent survey by ICM Research for Sputnik News Agency, most of the 24 percent of European Union residents questioned could not answer who exactly had helped to turn the course of World War II. Just 13 percent of those who had been surveyed agreed that the USSR had played a key role.
Most of the Soviet Union's in turning the war has been downplayed, says Moscow.