MOSCOW, 24 May (BelTA) – Attempts of the West to forbid Belarus and Russia to talk about the history of the war continue unabated. State Secretary of the Union State of Belarus and Russia Dmitry Mezentsev made the statement at the international forum New Meanings of New Reality in Moscow on 24 May, BelTA has learned.
According to Dmitry Mezentsev, Belarus and Russia are united by common history. “We stand out due to the unique, special, common stance of respect for warriors of the Great Patriotic War, for the heroic deeds of Soviet soldiers and the Red Army. It is constantly reaffirmed by national leaders and by an absolute majority of our citizens,” the official said. “Despite pressure of the West, its attempts to dilute our history or forbid us to talk about the war continue unabated.”
Dmitry Mezentsev also mentioned that the Standing Committee of the Union State of Belarus and Russia had recently received an address from Belarusian Minister of Foreign Affairs Vladimir Makei and Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergey Lavrov. The address suggests teaming up with representatives of the archive community in order to investigate the participation of Belarusian regiments in the Patriotic War of 1812 (the French Invasion of Russia). “We thought there was one regiment, the Minsk regiment. It turns out there were six Belarusian regiments, which were formed in Belarus' territory. They stood together with representatives of all the peoples of Russia, who thought that they have and will always have one Fatherland, throughout the war in order to save Russia and Europe from the Napoleonic horde,” the official said.
“It is significant that Aleksandr Lukashenko has repeatedly stressed that he came to Moscow as if to the capital city of his Fatherland. We have one Fatherland stretching from Brest to Vladivostok,” the state secretary added.