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MOSCOW, May 2. /TASS/. Kremlin Chief of Staff Sergei Ivanov has said in an interview with RT he believes that some countries are distorting the truth about World War II with the aim of isolating Russia and stressed that attempts to rewrite history are unacceptable.
"And now, you are right, I am also concerned that politicians in some countries, particularly in Western Europe, in the United States, purposely try to rewrite history, to twist history, to put, for example, Communism and Nazism on one level," Ivanov said in an interview published on Saturday.
"And this is not true. It’s simply not true. And our veterans and most of the Russian public simply would never buy it, would never agree with that," he said.
"The more it goes, the more purposely, I think, Western countries want to use this not very moral method to isolate Russia, to put to oblivion millions of Russians, as well as British, American victims of the Anglo-Saxon world who gave their lives to defeat Hitler," Ivanov stressed.
Ivanov is convinced that attempts to rewrite history are deliberate. "Yes, I think it’s propaganda. We are often accused of propaganda, I know, by the Western media, but in this case it’s obviously Western propaganda," he said.
"There are a huge number of documents, historical proof that the Soviet Union played a crucial role in winning this most dreadful war in world history," Ivanov reminded.
The Kremlin chief of staff gave as an example the recent public polls in European countries showing that around 60% of Europeans think that "the basic role in fighting Nazism, I mean the military effort, was delivered by the United States and Britain."
"Ten years ago, it was not 60-70%, but 40% And around 60% were saying it was the Soviet Union. So in 10 years the picture changed drastically. It’s a pity, and it’s a shame," he added.
Ahead of the 70th anniversary of Victory in World War II, Ivanov congratulated all Russians, all former Soviet citizens and also allies in the US, in the UK and other countries like Australia and New Zealand, who fought Nazi Germany." "I would wish that people would never forget what happened in reality," he stressed.