Moscow, March 18, Interfax - Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi has opened a monument in Moscow to the victims of the Holocaust and Jewish soldiers who perished during the Great Patriotic War.
The unveiling ceremony of the monument took place on the premises of the Israeli embassy in Moscow; Israeli Ambassador to Russia Alexander Ben Zvi and President of the Holocaust Foundation Alla Gerber also took part in it.
Ashkenazi said at the ceremony that the monument is dedicated to almost three million Jews who were slain during WWII by the Nazis and their accomplices in the Soviet Union, as well as 200,000 Jewish soldiers in the Red Army who fell during that war.
"The Jewish people will never forget the role played by the Red Army in the victory over Nazi Germany and the liberation of the concentration camps," he said.
The minister said that during his visit to Moscow he together with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at the Kremlin Wall.