Russian FM Lavrov says Soviets defeated Nazism

By Monitoring Desk
Friday – June 25, 2021
MOSCOW (Russia): Russian foreign minister (FM) Sergey Lavrov recalled, on Thursday, that 80 years ago, on June 22, 1941, our homeland was attacked by Nazi Germany, which had occupied nearly all of Europe by that time, it was through enormous sacrifice and huge losses, above all of the Soviet peoples, that Nazism was defeated and our civilisation was saved.

According to a press release, he delivered his remarks at the 9th Moscow conference on international security (MCIS).

Russian FM Lavrov continued: the tragedy of world war II (WWII) is a vivid reminder of what a betrayal of the principle of equal and indivisible security and a feeling of superiority can lead to.

During the terrible war years, the countries of the anti-Hitler coalition demonstrated exceptional teamwork, wisdom, acumen and solidarity, quickly joining forces in the name of routing the aggressor.

I would like to remind you that in his letter to Joseph Stalin, dated July 8, 1941, Winston Churchill mentioned the Russian armies’ “strong and spirited resistance to the utterly unprovoked and merciless invasion of the Nazis,” and expressed “general admiration for the bravery and tenacity of the Soviet soldiers.”

Of course, we also know what plans Winston Churchill had and what actions he took against our country after the war.

But it is quite a different story, which is connected with the current hostile Western policy towards our country, a policy that is rooted in centuries-old history.

Anyway, back then the allies assumed responsibility for the future of the world and, seeking to prevent a repetition of the tragedy of world wars, created the framework of the post-war system of international law, with the United Nations (UN) organisation as its cornerstone.

For the past 75 years, our collaboration at the UN saved the world from a new devastating global conflict and ensured global stability, including despite the difficult relations and natural differences between the leading powers.

Separately, Russian deputy defence minister (D-DM) colonel general (Col.Gen.) Alexander Fomin informed, “Despite all limitations caused by the pandemic, this year the conference was attended by about 700 delegates from 109 countries of the world and 6 international organisations, including 55 ministers and their deputies, chiefs of general staffs, as well as representatives of 94 foreign non-governmental organisations (NGOs).”

According to a press release, he thanked all the speakers of the plenary sessions, meetings and those who had participated in discussions, including those that were held online.

“A constructive dialogue, an impartial evaluation of the developments around the world, a professional analysis of the situation: these are the characteristic features that have already been inherent in the Moscow forum for 10 years,” Russian D-DM Fomin emphasised.

He stressed that the pandemic of the coronavirus (Covid-19) infection had influenced not only the subject of the discussions, but also its format: various speakers have participated in the forum by means of videoconference or by video recording.

“The organisers of the conference have taken all the necessary measures for providing the epidemiological security of our visitors who have taken an in-person part in the forum,” Russian D-DM Fomin added and expressed his hope that the next conference will take place in a customary in-person format.

In addition, the Russian D-DM said that all the presentations of the delegates, regardless of the format of their participation, will be published on the website of the ministry of defence of Russia, as well as in the final compilation of the presentations made by the participants of the forum.

The compilation will traditionally be sent to all the participants of the conference.

He emphasised that the Russian defence ministry had received an impressive number (more than 60) of this kind of presentations during the preparation of the conference.

This demonstrates the relevance of the MCIS.

“At the forum, the chiefs of defence institutions and military experts discussed the most topical issues of the global security, including the balance of power referred to the strategic stability, the risks of uncontrolled proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, threats in the area of cybersecurity.

“The participants of the conference have examined various aspects of security in different regions of the world: in Asia, in the Middle East, in Latin America, Africa and Europe,” Russian D-DM Fomin listed.

He emphasised that the major attention had been paid to the issues on military and military-technical cooperation, arms control, prevention of incidents, consolidation of confidence-building measures.

A separate discussion has been dedicated to the threats and challenges in the information and cybernetic spaces that starts to be used more by servicemen.

In addition, the participants of the conference have discussed the countermeasures to the novel coronavirus infection and have shared their experience in preventing the spread of the infection, vaccination of the personnel, developing the herd immunity.

“The forum has accomplished its task as a platform designed for dialogue. The discussions have become an important contribution to the building of confidence among countries, have facilitated the increase of the level of international security,” Russian D-DM Fomin emphasised.