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9 May 2020

British princess underlines USSR’s contribution to WW2 victory

British princess underlines USSR’s contribution to WW2 victory
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MINSK, 9 May (BelTA) – Anne, Princess Royal, the eldest daughter of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, has sent an open letter dedicated to the 75th anniversary of the end of World War Two in Europe. The representative of the British Royal Family emphasized the enormous contribution to the victory of the peoples of the former Soviet Union countries, including Belarus, representatives of the Belarusian diplomatic mission in the UK told BelTA.

The letter reads: “It is vital that we recognize the incredible sacrifice made by the peoples of the former Soviet Union. Few people fought more bravely, or suffered more grievously for the price of victory. To all those of that heroic generation still alive today, your children and grandchildren are proud of the part you played in achieving victory. As we brace ourselves to confront the challenges of today, we can take our inspiration from the courage of those who kept faith with each other, and who formed a crucial chapter in the long history of friendship between the people of the United Kingdom and the peoples of Russia, of Ukraine, of Belarus, and of all the nations of the former Soviet Union”.

The Princess Royal also praised the role of the Arctic convoys organized by Western allies to support efforts of the Soviet Union in the fight against the Nazi.

On the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the Great Victory Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Belarus to the UK Sergei Aleinik took part in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Soviet War Memorial in London on 9 May. Heads of diplomatic missions of the CIS states and representatives of the Soviet War Memorial Trust took part in the ceremony.

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