8 May 2020 17:22

Putin, Johnson exchange greetings on 75th anniversary of victory over Nazis - Kremlin

MOSCOW. May 8 (Interfax) - Russian President Vladimir Putin and United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson congratulated one another on the 75th anniversary of the Victory over Nazism during a telephone call, the Kremlin press service said.

The parties agreed that that Victory was "a momentous event of the 20th century and an example of unprecedented cooperation among the Allied Powers," the press service said.

"Vladimir Putin noted, in particular, that Russia remembers the valor of the British sailors engaged in the Arctic Convoys, thanks to whom the Soviet Army and Soviet industry received essential arms and materials during the war," it said.

"Boris Johnson expressed gratitude on behalf of the British people for the Soviet Union's and its Armed Forces' decisive contribution to the Victory over the common enemy. The parties acknowledged that the comradeship-in-arms of those years may serve as a reminder of the importance of consolidating efforts to oppose modern challenges and threats, among them the coronavirus pandemic," the press service said.

"Both parties voiced their willingness to normalize dialogue and interaction on issues on the agenda of Russian-British relations and in addressing principal international problems," it said.