Speech at the reception on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of Victory in the Great Patriotic War

Dear Veterans,

Mr. Mayor,

Mr. State Secretary,

Mr. Secretary General,

Excellencies,

Distinguished guests,

Today we celebrate the 70th anniversary of Great Victory over nazism. Time is passing by taking us further away from those events. But we will never forget that horrible war. We simply have no moral right to do that. We will always be remembering pain, suffering, deprivation and losses so many people got through. We will always be remembering bravery of all those who fought for freedom and liberty and who sacrificed their lives in the name of Victory.

Peoples of the Soviet Union payed unbearably high price for this Victory. We lost almost 27 million people - two thirds of them were civilians.

And I would like to use this occasion to express heartfelt gratitude of Russians to the People and Government of Norway for paying the tribute to the soviet soldiers who perished in nazi concentration camps on the territory of the Kingdom of Norway and keeping their graves in exemplary order. I would like to especially thank the Norwegian War Grave Service and the Falstad Centre for their tremendous efforts in identification of the Soviet soldiers buried in Norwegian soil.

In the Second World War we fought shoulder to shoulder with our allies. We managed to overcome differences and disagreements because we driven by one and only goal to defeat our common enemy. And together we did it.

In todays world mankind faces multiple serious threats and challenges.

And efforts in dealing with those threats and challenges can only be successful if we unite and tackle them in a collective manner.

I am tremendously happy to announce that today 3 veterans of the Second World War are present at our reception. Two of them are my fellowcountrymen. They are and and one - is a Norwegian national, veteran of Arctic convoys Mr. .

Let me express on your behalf our endless gratitude for what they did for us and wish them health, wellbeing and longevity. Today I have a very pleasant task to fulfill. I am entrusted to handover to our dear veterans, our heroes the jubilee medals "70 Years of

Victory in the Great Patriotic War 1941-1945" which I would gladly do in your presence.

Let me propose a toast for our glorious veterans, for the Victory and for Peace.

And now I would like to request State Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Norway

Mr. Pedersen to say a few words.

Dear guests,

I want to emphasize that we cohost this reception with the Embassy of Kazakhstan and today our menu is comprised of dishes at least three national cousines - Russian, Kazakhstan and Norwegian.

Please, enjoy.