MOSCOW, May 8. /TASS/. The lessons of a global alliance against a common threat are particularly relevant nowadays, in addition Russia will do its best to ensure that the horrors of World War II will never happen again, acting Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Tuesday.
Russia’s acting top diplomat made this statement at a wreath-laying ceremony by memorial plaques in the lobby of the Russian Foreign Ministry commemorating the ministry’s staff who gave their lives defending their Homeland during the Soviet Union’s Great Patriotic War against Nazi Germany in 1941-1945.
"Every year, we celebrate this great date in the history of our country - Victory Day," the acting minister said.
"This is a day of joy and a day of grief for those who remained on the battlefields forever. This year, we are celebrating several jubilees at once: the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Stalingrad, the 75th anniversary of the Moscow Conference of Foreign Ministers of the Soviet Union, the United States and Great Britain and the 75th anniversary of the Tehran Conference at the highest level," Lavrov said.
"A common threat and enemy enabled countries with contradicting ideologies to unite to keep humankind from plunging into an epic catastrophe," he pointed out.
"We need to learn lessons from this experience, which is especially relevant today," Russia’s acting foreign minister said.
Lavrov urged everyone not to forget "other lessons of that epoch when national egoism and the unwillingness to respect the principle of equal and indivisible security took the upper hand."
"I mean the Munich Betrayal that came as the apotheosis of the Western powers’ efforts to appease the aggressor," the acting foreign minister said.
"This was a prelude to the beginning of World War Two," Lavrov noted.
Russia "will never act to the detriment of the security of others and is open to honest and sincere dialogue based on respect for all partners’ interests," he vowed.
‘We will do everything to ensure that the horrors, which humankind lived through during World War Two, are never repeated," Russia’s acting foreign minister pledged.