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04 April 2024, 18:16

Belarus’ ambassador attends ceremony to mark 79th anniversary of Bratislava liberation

MINSK, 4 April (BelTA) - At the invitation of Slovakia’s head of government, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belarus Andrei Dapkiunas took part in the wreath-laying ceremony to mark the 79th anniversary of the liberation of Bratislava from the Nazis, BelTA learned from the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The ceremony held at the Slavin memorial complex on 4 April featured the prime minister, members of the government, parliament, representatives of political parties and public organizations, diplomatic corps.

As BelTA reported earlier, Slovakia’s Prime Minister Robert Fico posted a video message in which he urged Bratislava residents to come to the ceremony: “Laying wreaths at Slavin is the least we can do to remember the suffering caused by fascism. The peoples of the former Soviet Union paid the greatest price for the atrocities committed by Hitler and his clique.”

Robert Fico sharply criticized the demarche of EU ambassadors who refused to participate in the ceremony. “For me, Slavin is the Slovak Statue of Liberty, and I consider the politicking of EU ambassadors and former allies of the Soviet Union in World War II a manifestation of disrespect for the thousands of young Red Army soldiers who did not return home from Bratislava and whose names are indelibly inscribed in the chronicle of the victory over fascism,” he added.
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