Wreaths and fresh flowers laid at Monument to soviet soldiers in Berlin
On Saturday, the day of the 75th‑ anniversary of the Victory, wreaths and fresh flowers were laid at the memorial to the fallen Soviet soldiers in Treptower‑ Park. Among those who arrived to honor the memory of the heroes were employees of the Russian Embassy in Germany led by the head of the diplomatic mission Sergey Nechaev, Ambassadors of Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan, Minister of State at the Federal Foreign Office of Germany Niels Annen, Minister-President‑ of Saxony Michael Kretschmer, Governing Mayor of Berlin Michael Müller, representatives of the clergy and public organizations, and Russian nationals living in Germany,
The participants of the ceremony gathered at the foot of the monument, forming up in front of the wreaths installed by the memorial, honored the memory of the fallen in the Great Patriotic War with a moment of silence, and then laid flowers in a small inner hall, a TASS contributor reports from the ground.
After the ceremony, Minister-President of Saxony told to the journalists that considerable trust had been put in Germany after the war. "Staying worthy of that trust at all times and never putting it in jeopardy is the challenge the current generation faces," he believes. "For Germans, it [the day of liberation from National Socialism‑] is an important date and an important challenge. We should never undercut our efforts to avoid history repeating itself," the politician stressed.
In turn, Russian Ambassador speculated that, should the initially planned events "have been held in the format that had been designed, thousands of people would have attended the ceremony today." "However, in accordance with the restrictions introduced by the Federal government and the authorities of Berlin [due to‑ the coronavirus pandemic], we had to aim for a more modest event. Nevertheless, we have a very large attendance here today," the diplomat added. "People came to celebrate and honour the memory of the fallen from the bottom of their hearts. We enjoy seeing this and having representatives of German political establishment, Berlin authorities, and the Federal Foreign Office here," Nechaev stated.
Some Russian nationals came to Treptower Park‑ carrying portraits of their relatives who fought for their Motherland. This year, due to‑ the coronavirus threat, the Immortal Regiment campaign will be held online in Germany and other countries. More and more people are arriving at the event; the police is on standby at the park. Mass gatherings are currently banned in the German capital due to‑ the spread of the coronavirus.
On Friday, wreath laying ceremonies were held at Soviet memorials in the Tiergarten and Pankow districts of Berlin to honor the anniversary of the victory over National Socialism‑. Also on Friday, jubilee medals "75 Years of Victory in the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945" were presented to five veterans in the Russian Center for Science and Culture in Berlin.