Russia and Slovenia share positions on inadmissibility to re-write history and would join efforts in bolstering security both in Europe and the world, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday at a memorial dedication ceremony marking the centenary of the Russian Orthodox chapel’s construction on the Vrsic Pass.
Putin noted that later on Saturday he and Slovenian President Borut Pahor are scheduled to unveil in Ljubljana a new monument to Russian and Soviet soldiers killed in Slovenia during the First and Second World Wars.
"The monument will mirror our common principled position on inadmissibility of any attempts to distort or re-write history and to whitewash the crimes leading to millions of deaths," Putin said. "For that purpose, we will join efforts in awareness building work, first among the youth, so that besides remembering the horrors of war, we will work together to foster mutual understanding, trust and security in Europe and the whole world."
Also, the Russian president said that during his talks with the Slovenian presidents they would outline "new promising projects aimed at promoting the totality of our relations."
In conclusion, Putin again said words of gratitude to Slovenia’s authorities and to members of the Slovenian-Russian Friendship Society and public organizations, and to the Slovenes "for the careful attitude to common history, for the memory of Russian nationals whose fates happened to be linked to tragic events in the Slovenian territory, for a sincere aspiration and efforts to cement the foundation of Eurasian unity, which Europe’s future should be built on."
Speaking at the ceremony, Slovenia’s President Borut Pahor said that "the fates of victims in all wars are not indifferent to us."
"The Great War - the First World War - was followed by a more terrible Second (War) which had the most gruesome and exacerbating moral legacy," Pahor said. "And since WWI was followed by WWII, a thought seems logical that a third one or something like this may follow."
Pahor said that "the war is not a subject of historical logic. Either war or peace is a subject of political choice."
"We reject an idea that the war is inevitable. We assume responsibility for peace solutions to disputes, all disputes. We want peace, permanent peace," he said in conclusion.
Every year, in late July, Slovenia and Russia pay honor to the fallen Russian soldiers and prisoners of war at a memorial dedication ceremony near the Russian chapel built by Russian POWs during WWI at the Vrsic Pass. In 1916 Russian POWs were used by the Austrian army to build a mountain road over the Vrsic Pass and in winter they were killed by a huge avalanche. In 2005 the chapel was reconstructed and now it is a war memorial, a symbol of Russian-Slovenian friendship.
First pubished by TASS
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