Peres salutes Red Army ahead of visit to Moscow

Peres: “I give thanks to the Russian people for their victory over Nazi Germany.”

May 9, 2010 02:53
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President Shimon Peres, Berlin.

Shimon Peres Berlin. (photo credit: AP)

President Shimon Peres left on Saturday night for a state visit to Russia and the Victory Day parades commemorating the 65th anniversary of the defeat of Germany.

“I come today to Red Square as president of Israel and as a representative of the Jewish people to salute the Red Army and give thanks to the Russian people for their victory over Nazi Germany,” Peres said.

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“In Israel and across the world there are many Holocaust survivors who are alive today largely thanks to the Red Army,” he said.

Sunday’s Victory Day celebrations in Moscow and across Russia are being touted as the largest ever. For the first time, foreign military units will take part in the Moscow parade, including soldiers from the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Poland and a number of former Soviet republics.

Victory Day is one of the most cherished holidays in Russia, and marks the country’s triumph in what they call The Great Patriotic War.

During his three-day visit to Russia, Peres will address leaders of the Euro-Asian Jewish Congress and will receive an honorary doctorate from the MGIMO – Moscow State Institute of International Relations, Russia’s most prestigious institution for the study of political science.

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