Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chancellor Angela Merkel made a phone call on Friday congratulating themselves on the seventy-fifth anniversary of the “liberation of Europe and the world from National Socialism”.
“Vladimir Putin and Angela Merkel congratulated on the seventy-fifth anniversary of the liberation of Europe and the world from National Socialism,” said the Kremlin in a statement by the Russian news agency Sputnik.
The Russian Presidency said that this anniversary has “a special and symbolic meaning” for both Russia and Germany. Putin and Merkel emphasized the importance of “preserving the historical memory of the tragic events of those years”.
“In particular, they have expressed the certainty that in both countries German patriots who have selflessly fought against the Nazi regime will never be forgotten,” said the Kremlin. In conversation, Merkel and Putin emphasized that “today” both countries are “partners” in solving “numerous international problems”. The two heads of state and government have spoken out in favor of promoting “constructive” bilateral relations.