Brace yourself, people: I can sympathize with Russia taking umbrage at Brown’s and Sarkozy’s omitting mention of the contribution of the USSR to the defeat of Nazi Germany during the recent 65th anniversary commemoration of the D-Day landings. That omission is extremely ahistorical, and slights the sacrifice of millions of Soviet soldiers and civilians.
I do have one question though. I am genuinely curious to know what Russian leaders have said at Victory Day celebrations about the contribution of the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the Free Poles (especially), the Free French, and other Allied nations to the vanquishing of Hitler. Are they as evenhanded and objective in their assignment of credit for contributions to victory as they demand others to be? If so, bully for them. If not . . . Russia’s recent complaints would lose a considerable amount of their force.
Can anybody out there help me out, and provide translations of/links to remarks of Putin, or Medvedev, at recent Victory Day celebrations (or other WWII-related commemorations)?