U.S. Ambassador to Russia John Sullivan has criticized Russia for reacting to the White House post about the victory of the United States and Britain over the Nazis.
«This is neither an attempt to rewrite history, nor a mistake. The message that appeared on Twitter was addressed to our British allies», — Sullivan told RBC.
The diplomat said that during World War II, the U.S. and Britain worked very closely together, a large number of U.S. military personnel were deployed in the kingdom. The troops participated in joint operations in Europe and North Africa. According to Sullivan, the report originally did not plan to list all the states involved in the victory over the Nazis.
«If it were so, I’m afraid I would have to apologize not only to Russia, but also to Canada, the French Free Forces, the Polish squadrons in the British Air Force», — said Sullivan.
He added that many countries remained unmentioned in these publications, and stressed that no other state had suffered from Nazi Germany as much as the USSR. The ambassador expressed the view that the reaction to the White House post was exactly the same because people were «very vulnerable.»
«But this was in no way an attempt to belittle the role of the Soviet Union and the RSFSR as part of the Soviet Union in the victory over Nazi Germany», — added the diplomat.
On the eve of Victory Day, a video appeared in the account of the American leader’s administration claiming that only the United States and Britain won the victory over Nazism in World War II. At the same time, the Soviet Union’s contribution to the defeat of the Nazis was not mentioned in any way.
Internet users, including not only Russians, but also foreigners, were outraged by this statement and began to publish under the records of the White House a photograph in which Soviet soldiers erected the Victory Banner over the Reichstag.