Belarus, Russia condemn any attempts to rewrite history
Belarus and Russia strongly condemn any attempts to rewrite history and revise the results of World War II, says the joint declaration signed by the Presidents of Belarus and Russia in Brest, reported Belta.
"A selective, politicized approach to history should be opposed by honest, scholarly debate. It is the only way for Europe to draw a lesson from its hard history, avoiding the repetition of tragic mistakes from the past," the document says.
The heads of state noted the significance of the further enhancement of the Belarusian-Russian relations to maintain collective security, including within the framework of the CSTO, to develop military and military-technical cooperation and to help the international community work out the appropriate response to new global challenges and threats.
The sides expressed their willingness to continue coordinating their approaches to solve most crucial issues of international relations for the interests of the just and democratic world order within the central role of the United Nations Organization and the supremacy of international law, including the goals and principles of the UN Charter.
Alexander Lukashenko and Dmitry Medvedev underlined the necessity to take constant care of the veterans of the Great Patriotic War and people who served on the home front; they also attached much importance to perpetuation of the memory of the war heroes and patriotic education of the youth. Belarus and Russia will carry out joint festive events dedicated to the 65th anniversary of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War.
The Presidents of the two countries paid tribute to the outstanding courage of the heroes of the Great Patriotic War who were the first ones to face the attack of the Nazi invaders in the land of Brest. According to the document, the memory of the war and the Great Victory that became the common spiritual and moral property of all the European nations, sorrow for the dead have forever fastened the relations between Belarus, Russia and the other CIS member states, this memory inspires these countries to establish a strong, just and secure world order. "The lessons from the past are a solid base for the joint fight against any manifestation of racism, aggressive nationalism and xenophobia," the declaration underlines.