Kremlin hails Germany's decision to provide funding to survivors of Siege of Leningrad
MOSCOW. Jan 24 (Interfax) - Germany's decision to provide funding to survivors of the Siege of Leningrad is a gesture that deserves high appreciation, Russian presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov said.
"It can only be welcomed, but nonetheless remembering in the first place the care given to war veterans in terms of the creation of infrastructure and in terms of support, etc., by our government, our administration, our country," Peskov told reporters on Friday, commenting on the report that an agreement on Berlin's decision to support the still-living survivors of the Siege of Leningrad will be signed in the near future. A total of 12 million euros is expected to be provided from the German budget for these purposes as a humanitarian gesture and most of this money will be used for the modernization of a hospital for war veterans in St. Petersburg.
"But, without a doubt, such gestures [by Germany] also deserve high appreciation especially in the year of the 75th anniversary [of the victory in the Great Patriotic War]," Peskov said.