The President of Russia Vladimir Putin met with a group of WWII veterans of Slovenia. On Tuesday, may 9, reports TASS.
The President congratulated war veterans with a “total Victory”. He also expressed gratitude “for what you do at home in your country for the care of monuments to our soldiers who died during the great war,” noting that in Slovenia cherish the memory of the Soviet soldiers.
Putin expressed hope that the guests enjoyed the Russian capital. Former Slovenian President Milan Kucan, who arrived at the head of the delegation, in response noted that the Slovenian veterans is a great honor to receive from the Russian leader’s invitation “on this great feast”. Kucan added that in his country “they will also continue to honor the memory of Soviet soldiers who died in the struggle against fascism”.
Before meeting with the veterans, the Russian President took part in solemn reception on the occasion of the 72th anniversary of the Victory. During the event, he said that the defeat in the great Patriotic war would have for the Russian nation is much more dire consequences than for the peoples of Europe. According to Putin, at stake was the existence of not only the country but also of the ethnic group.