20 Feb 2020 17:03

Kyrgyzstan to counter attempts to rewrite history and celebrate 75th anniversary of WWII victory on highest level - Kyrgyz president

BISHKEK. Feb 20 (Interfax) - Kyrgyzstan will celebrate the 75th anniversary of Victory in WWII on the highest level and will adamantly counter attempts to rewrite history, Kyrgyz President Sooronbai Jeenbekov said at a parliament meeting on Thursday.

"The year 2020 has been declared a cross-year with our ally and strategic partner, Russia. In addition to holding other events, we will organize joint celebrations of the 75th anniversary of Victory on the highest level," Jeenbekov said.

"We will never forget the heroism and courage of our fathers and grandfathers, who gave us peace and freedom. We will resolutely oppose any attempts to rewrite history," he said.

The organizing committee of the Kyrgyzstan-Russia cross year met in Bishkek on Thursday to discuss the joint program and a number of organizational issues, the Kyrgyz government press service said in a statement.

"I'd like to remind you that the opening ceremony of the Kyrgyzstan-Russia cross-year will take place in Moscow on February 27. This and other important events should be well prepared and held at the highest level," organizing committee head Kyrgyz Deputy Prime Minister Kubatbek Boronov said at the meeting.

"It's important that the relevant government agencies deal with every organizational and other aspect in order to make events of the cross-year a success," Boronov said.

The decision to hold the Kyrgyzstan-Russia cross-year in 2020 is aimed at fostering the development of a bilateral alliance and strategic partnership.

The program for the year will consist of more than 200 events in the fields of political interaction, economic, cultural, humanitarian, scientific, educational, and military-technical cooperation, youth policy, tourism, healthcare, and inter-regional ties.

The opening ceremony of the Kyrgyzstan-Russia cross-year will take place at the Grand Kremlin Palace in Moscow on February 27. Both presidents are expected to attend the event.