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Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu in Kubinka outside Moscow on Tuesday took part in the opening ceremony of the Alley of the Allies of the Soviet People in the Great Patriotic War.

“Today we cannot but remember those who fought together with us in that big, heavy bloody war.

There were many allies. But in such wars, the closer the allies, the closer they stand shoulder to shoulder, the faster victory is won. And today we are opening the first monuments to our allies, ”Sergei Shoigu said at the ceremony.

According to him, in gratitude for the significant contribution of Chinese and Mongolian friends to the Great Victory, the Alley of the Allies opens with sculptural compositions dedicated to the fighters of the two states.

Sergei Shoigu said that monuments to the French from the Normandie-Niemen air regiment, to the American military who took part in the war even before the opening of the Second Front, would appear on the Allied Alley. “I mean everything related to the flight of aircraft along Alsib – Alaska, Chukotka, Siberia. Then, more than eight thousand aircraft were flown by American and Soviet pilots. Of course, all those who took part in the war, who helped us and together with us have every right to celebrate this victory, will appear here, ”the minister said.

He noted that June 22 is a tragic day, which is symbolic and significant for the opening of such kind of monuments.

“We will do this every year, open new and new monuments every year, paying tribute to all those who fought shoulder to shoulder in that war,” Sergei Shoigu said.

Also, the head of the Russian military department, together with the Minister of Defense of Belarus Viktor Khrenin, took part in the ceremony of laying earth cartridges from the burned villages of Khatyn, Ola and Borki, with the participation of officials and representatives from the republic.

After that, a memorial concert “That Longest Day of the Year …” began with the participation of Lev Leshchenko, Igor Butman, Khibla Gerzmava, Tamara Gverdtsiteli, Vladimir Mashkov and other cultural figures.

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