Putin rejects West’s accusations of Russia’s aggressivenessRussian Politics & Diplomacy March 30, 15:57
Putin comments on recent protests across RussiaRussian Politics & Diplomacy March 30, 15:49
Scientists streamline data transmission through self-assembling wireless networkScience & Space March 30, 15:41
Putin blasts attempts to restrict Russian ambassador's contacts with US politiciansRussian Politics & Diplomacy March 30, 15:29
Putin says Russia wants to build good relations with USRussian Politics & Diplomacy March 30, 15:04
Putin stresses Russia’s commitment to comply with Paris climate agreementsRussian Politics & Diplomacy March 30, 14:56
Burger King dishes out nearly $2,000 in fines for not giving customer free cherry pieSociety & Culture March 30, 14:55
Foreign Ministry slams US media smear campaign against Russian diplomats as ‘threat’Russian Politics & Diplomacy March 30, 14:49
Moscow promises to ensure security of Arctic cooperation partnersRussian Politics & Diplomacy March 30, 14:35
BERLIN, May 08. /ITAR-TASS/. One should not mingle history and politics, so the recent urges of the German papers Bild and Berliner Zeitung (BZ) to remove T-34 tanks from the Soviet war memorial in the Tiergarten district are just inappropriate, German politician, former foreign minister of the GDR, President of the German War Graves Commission Markus Meckel told ITAR-TASS on Thursday.
The same, he believes, applies to the Treptower Park, where Stalin’s words are engraved. Not being enthusiastic about that, Meckel believes this to be part of historical context. War cemeteries and other monuments should be left alone, while special exhibitions could be used in the future to shed light on the link between the memorials and the present events, he said.
As for the Tiergarten memorial, Bild and BZ are trying to draw parallels between the World War II and the current tensions between the West and Russia, the thought Meckel believes to be unacceptable.
Speaking of the current state of Soviet war memorials in Germany, the expert said they were mainly observed by certain states, cities and communes, whereas his organization acted as a consultative and supervisory body. Monuments in Treptower Park, in Tiergarten not far from the Brandenburg Gate and Reichstag and in the Pankow district were excellently preserved, he added.
All the three memorials in Berlin stand on the list of nationally and internationally significant monuments and are maintained on funds from the German budget, millions of euros allocated for this purpose since 1991, the government told ITAR-TASS. Ten million euros was allocated alone for the restoration of the Pankow memorial in 2010 - August 2013.
More than 3,300 Soviet war graves are situated in Germany, where rest 760,000 Soviet people.