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Lavrov lays wreath at Soviet war memorial in Belgrade

June 16, 2014, 19:50 UTC+3 BELGRADE
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BELGRADE, June 16. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov laid a wreath at the Soviet war memorial in Belgrade on Monday, June 16.

The memorial stands at the cemetery where 1,395 soldiers of the People's Liberation Army of Yugoslavia and 818 Russian Army soldiers and officers are buried. They all died in 1944 when fighting the German Nazi troops out of the city.

Residents of Belgrade greeted the Russian minister with gifts and applause, chanting “Russia, Russia!” He was given a T-shirt with the “Brothers Forever” printed on it.

According to official data, more than 31,000 Red Army soldiers and officers were killed in Yugoslavia from September 22, 1944 and until its full liberation. About 6,000 Soviet people had joined People's Liberation Army of Yugoslavia to fight the Nazi invaders, and more than 1,500 of them died, were wounded or went missing.

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